Episode 2 – Kirk Bowers – Practicing Personal Breakthroughs

Kirk Portrait interview on Simple Daily Practice Podcast

Kirk read the book Talent is Overrated last year, and it changed his life.  He had always believed that he was naturally good at some things (puzzles, problem solving) and not very good at some other things (piano, golf).  What he read changed his perspective forever.  Getting better at an activity depends on practicing in a certain deliberate way, not on your initial abilities.

Kirk set out to test this idea.  He had been practicing piano, always on the verge of quitting, expecting to never make much progress.  He worked with his piano teacher to break down his practice in a new way, and he had a major breakthrough in his ability to play.  Now, his morning piano practice is his daily meditation, and he notices his day isn’t quite the same when he misses that time.

Kirk was inspired to continue his experiments, deliberately practicing golf, programming and now, starting his own business as the Coding Handyman.  Listen as Kirk shares how he has come to love his daily practices and all the transformations he has experienced from them.

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In this interview, Kirk shares:

  • How the book Talent is Overrated changed his life.
  • The changes he made to his piano practice that have made all the difference in his ability to improve.
  • The  mindset shift underlying all of his changes.
  • How missing his time at the piano affects his day.
  • How he is now deliberately practicing in an area where he is already an expert to keep himself at the leading edge.
  • How much  he improved his golf handicap (without taking any “gimmes”).
  • The ways he integrates his golf practice into his daily life, even the days he doesn’t golf.
  • The next practice challenges he is taking on.

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I’d love to hear from you.  Do you have something you would love to practice but don’t try or give up because you think you aren’t good at it?  Is there a practice you’d like to start after hearing Kirk’s story?  Please share in the comments below.

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