Finished my first two books of the year! Finally a bit more time to read as I'm no longer taking any classes. My goal for January is to read a bunch of books from my Kindle collection. Over the years, I've amassed a small personal library which includes more than 400 books.
The goal for the month is to select a bunch of books to read (I've selected 64 books) and I would randomly select books. I just used Google Sheets with the RANDBETWEEN() formula to choose 4 books at a time.
The goal is to read broadly and see what interests I might uncover and possible to add to my coaching. "Wooden" has been great and I will definitely revisit that one. "10% Happier" was surprisingly interesting and it has me wanting to try meditation again, even if it's just 5 minutes a day. "Factfulness" is also interesting, as I have done some programming tutorials which have used the GAPMINDER data set. It's also nicer to think on a global perspective, despite American news often front and center for me.
Last but not least, "Range" is exactly what I'm hoping to do, being more of a generalist, but I am often trying to find where I stand on the continuum between being a generalist and a specialist. Maybe I will have a better idea after going through more perspectives this month. Or not. I have no idea 😂
I think what drew me to coaching was the concept of "Doing the right thing". But then I learned that things often aren't simply black or white, so I had to adapt: "Doing the right thing for the right person." However, it wasn't enough because I realized that not all sports are equal. But that's out of my control, so in the end, it is simply "Doing the right thing, for the right person, with whatever is available to you."
So, simply, "doing your best with what you have" has taken me here, and it will continue to keep me moving forwards, integrating whatever I can come across. "Good artists copy, great artists steal." - Picasso
But of course, I'm grateful to be here and having the chance to learn from some of the best. And I'm still learning, as cliche as that sounds nowadays. I do hope the sport grows in North America someday. One step at a time.
Happy birthday to my lovely wife (@harrokittie) and welcome to a new age *cough* 30s *cough* and you'll find it's filled with more responsibilities, less instruction, and more uncertainty.
But that's okay, because you have me. Not because I'm great (because you already said you're the best), but think of it like... an additional burden 🙃
All jokes aside, I hope you have a wonderful day and that we can celebrate next year with more people when things get better!
Love always, your husburden. I mean, husband 😬
This bookshelf is keeping me feeling grounded on the situation that I will buy more books and not read them 🤔
This was a sobering read especially when taking my finance course. Although we haven't touched investing yet, the biggest takeaway is not to always think that everything conforms to the bell curve.
There is quite some discussion on fractal geometry on financial modelling, but I'm afraid there are limits to my understanding based on my limited applied math ability. However, the book is meant for the "average" person, so there are still benefits to non-finance people like me in reading it.
One major concept I've taken from this book is considering parallels of financial markets to athlete development. Talent identification sometimes feels a bit like picking stocks, and though they measure different things, how do we really know that the measurements give an accurate representation of reality? Do we also make the same mistake and put athletes on a bell curve as well when it may be closer to a power law?
I suppose more knowledge reminds us how there is always so much more to learn. I will have to revisit this concept.
I thoroughly enjoyed Extreme Ownership by Jocko Willink and Leif Babin, and The Dichotomy of Leadership was insightful as well when considering the principles of Extreme Ownership on a continuum rather than always a hard rule. This book seems to be much more of a practical guide, and I'm glad I got a copy as I know I will be revisiting it in the future, likely multiple times.
One of my favourite additions from the Expanded Edition is:
"Don't do what makes you happy.
Do what makes you better."
I suppose this is exactly what I chose to do by replacing video games with reading and online courses for the month, but then again, we haven't even started November yet...
My other favourite from the Expanded Edition is:
PUT THE DONUT DOWN.
Giving up video games for a month to try a personal learning challenge!
(TBH I'm just forcing myself to actually make use of all the educational resources I've spent money on 🤦🏻♂️) #informationhoarder This will include books I still haven't read as well 🙃
I've also decided to take notes only if I have a reason to do so, instead of writing down whatever is interesting but not necessarily practical. Some of the more useful formulas have been COUNTIF, SUMIF, AVERAGEIF, and their plural counterparts for my personal budgeting, and additional statistical testing such as CORREL and T.TEST will have their uses analyzing badminton training data!
Thank you @datacamp for hosting a great course! 🙏 can't wait to learn more!
Gratitude: Thank you to Coursera for giving me free access to so many wonderful courses because I'm (still) a university student; and thank you @gameplancanada and Queen's University for their partnership in helping athletes attend business programs at Smith School of Business!
I've shied away from finance for far too long, though perhaps I've dabbled in it at times (i.e. personal finance), but this course has given me a very good and broad introduction. However, it certainly has helped give perspective to my current finance course at Queen's, and although it has taken more time and effort, it helps to have additional context to what I'm trying to learn.
As a coach and educator, continuous learning helps to put me in the perspective of a student, and that gives me an additional level of understanding in how difficult it is to learn something when the purpose of learning it is unclear. Additionally, I enjoy taking ideas from different areas and bringing it back to badminton. Even though it usually doesn't have a significant impact, it is fun to run an experiment to test a hypothesis. I guess I'm also a scientist at heart.
There's so much in the world to learn. I just can't understand how some people are so certain of their beliefs.
"Seek first to understand, then to be understood." - Stephen Covey.
People with low ability at a task overestimate their ability - Dunning-Kruger effect.
"It is impossible for a man to learn what he thinks he already knows." - Epictetus
"The more you know, the more you realize you don't know." - Aristotle (perhaps?)
And that is why finance has been interesting: with greater risk, comes greater reward.
Did a mini experiment with different training intervals for badminton, and it appears that shorter training intervals maximize the amount of training.
BUT, this is mostly observational and there are many confounding variables we didn't control for, including fatigue. However, it does give some implications on the difference between the European style (short intense sets) vs. Asian style (longer sets) of training.
Based on this info, I would like to do shorter sets because feeding a drill is similar to an active rest. Working hard for a short duration, followed by an active rest of the same duration is probably more ideal than a longer duration drill, followed with an equally longer duration active rest. Badminton is pretty much an aerobic-alactic sport, and longer duration drills may put athletes in a different energy system.
Also, I could be totally wrong. Oh well 🙈
Summer camps are over, and thank you to all the students I had the chance to work with! I even got a card and my favourite line is: "I like how there's a humorous side of you beneath all the seriousness you show us!" 😐😆
It's been an... "interesting" summer break this year, but I'm grateful for the opportunity to work, especially when I get to do what I love! Coaching may not seem like a real occupation to some (try this: tell your parents you want to be a badminton coach when you grow up and see what happens), but there are many parallels to life through coaching sport. As an athlete, I learned to follow instructions from my coach, but as I progressed, I had to ensure that I was doing the best that could be done with my resources at the time. Of course things could have been better in hindsight, but reflecting on the times of uncertainty and make a best decision is a valuable life lesson that I will continue facing in life.
It can be difficult to question your own methods, or even first principles sometimes, but ultimately, you become much better through that experience. So eventually, I found myself transitioning from athlete to coach: now I'm on the prescriptive side. I am fortunate to still be active enough to play, so I can still put these methods and principles into practice. Sometimes the kids ask me, "HoW aRe YoU sO gOoD?". And my reply is usually, "... (silence)" because I'm focusing on the next rally, not making conversation in the middle of a practice game. Lead by example 🤷🏻♂️
Of course, I would like to thank the coaching team I work with, as everyone has been very supportive through this time of uncertainty. As a final takeaway this summer, there are 3 key points I will leave:
1) Character >> Reputation (from John Wooden)
2) It's okay to make mistakes because that's how you learn in this sport (i.e. growth mindset - Carol Dweck)
3) Make the most with what you have + corollary: instead of wanting more, desire less (multiple sources: Stoicism, Buddhism, religion, philosophy, etc.)
It's back to school for many (myself included), so please stay safe and stay healthy! 💪
I'm happy to finally complete the process of earning my Master's at UBC, but I always feel that the degree is just the start to more learning and growth. I have learned so much from this program, but most importantly, I learned that there is so much more to learn. Formal education is just one way to go about it, which often provides a structured environment for learning, and I'm grateful for the opportunity to get to go through the experience.
Thank you to everyone who helped out with my research study and to @badmintoncanada, @badminton_bc ,and @csipacific for their help and support. "If I have seen further, it is by standing upon the shoulders of giants" - Sir Isaac Newton.
Thank you to my friends, family, and my wife, Carmen, for the ongoing support, but my greatest gratitude goes toward the sport of badminton and the entire badminton community for being such a heavy influence in my life.
One day, I hope to play a part in helping badminton finally get the respect it deserves in this world.
Finally! After a long process, Carmen and I have moved down to Bellevue, Washington for our new jobs! It's a pretty big step for the both of us, but it will just be another adventure together! Special thank you to our friends and family who saw us before we left, especially Team #caroby2019 😁 Also thank you to Darryl and everyone at ClearOne Badminton for a wonderful farewell dinner. I never imagined how sport could have such a tremendous impact in my life, and I am nothing but grateful for the opportunities that came with it. Now it's time to give back and share the benefits of sport through badminton with others! Looking forward to working with the new team at Bellevue Badminton Club! One last shout out to my brother @derrickng21 for letting us crash at his place! Thanks bro!
The 2020 Nationals was definitely an interesting experience as it has been my 14th consecutive senior Nationals (yes, I'm old). I really can't comment on my playing ability as I've been casually training but I would like to thank my partners, Ryan and Jacqueline, for playing because my singles is pretty embarassing 🙈
It was great to see the level of badminton in Canada improving and it was also nice to connect with so many people who love badminton. Special thanks to the Nichols family for taking me in for the week. I hope everyone continues to train hard and keep improving, and please enjoy the process! This comes from someone playing on borrowed time 😬
Photos by Orlando Athayde! And no, I didn't leave the stove on... this time.