Saturday, March 3, 2012

2 books to save you a lot of time

If someone would ask me : ''what should I know to become a professional swing dancer?'', I would suggest  him/her two books. Everything one with the desire to turn pro needs to know is in those two marvels of human literature.

War of Art, by Steven Pressfield
 This should be the first thing you should read 2 or 3 times if you have the desire to do anything seriously. Pressfield is a writer, but present is subject for anybody that hears a calling, whether it is about writing, painting, dancing, starting a business or a religious journey. He divided his books in 3 parts. The first part is a presentation of a mystical force we all experienced as artists Pressfield called Resistance. It represents everything and every reason that stops us from accomplishing what we should be accomplishing. From your dying mother to masturbation, Pressfield describes most manifestation of the resistance. The second part is about the meaning of turning pro and the difference with the amateur. The last part is about the other force where the artist gather his inspiration from. Thanks to Mathias Gug for introducing me to this book!

The 4-Hour Body by Timothy Ferris 

Once your start developing the right mind set about your project, Tim will give you the tools to achieve it. This is a mine of resources. Tim Ferris is an eccentric character that has achieved a many impressive personal challenges such as becoming millionaire (by working 4 hours/week), Tim starts with 2 chapters that comes from his very own experiments : dieting with the Slow Carb Diet and building muscles. His approach is very impressive and he collected sufficient data to make his method highly credible. From there, he covers a lot of subjects, mainly about training, but also about sex, baseball, sleep and swimming. By the end you realize what Tim offers you, beside his incredible results, is a method. Whatever your project is, related to swing dancing or not, you will learn to walk a path that will bring you results, faster that what you can imagine.

Fred Barbe