“Innovation has nothing to do with how many R&D dollars you have. When Apple came up with the Mac, IBM was spending at least 100 times more on R&D. It's not about money. It's about the people you have, how you're led, and how much you get it.” - Steve Jobs

If it wasn’t for TV …

I’m 40 years old (soon to be 41). If I were to calculate how many hours of TV I have watched in my life based on an average of 3 hrs of TV per day (oh! I have done lots better than that), I have watched 5 years of TV. 5 YEARS!!!! Here’s how I did it.

  • 3 hours per day
  • Times 365
  • Times 40
  • equal 43,800 hours of TV in my life time (not including the last 11 months)
  • Divided that by 24 hours (as in per day)
  • Divided by 365 days (per year)
  • gets me 5.
    • Yes, I realize that I both multiplied by and divided by the same #. I’m not mathematician.

Ok, that’s 5 years of my life. They say that 10,000 hours of doing anything will make you a master of it. By this account, I wasted my ability to master 4 things in my life and then be well on my towards a 4th. While I don’t need to master anything there are a ton of things that I wish I had done with my time and want to use this article as a means of working towards doing them in the next 40 years of my life. I’m not sure which of these I will really do, but here they are:

  1. Learn to program
  2. Learn to draw
  3. Learn solid graphic design skills
  4. Speak 1 non-English langage really well. I’m leaning towards Hebrew or Portuguese
  5. Get back into Capoeira and at least get to the point where I can teach others
  6. Learn to play real folk & spanish guitar
  7. Master the Birembau (capoeira/brazilian instrument)
  8. Become active in politics in my local community
  9. Become active in a cause I deeply believe in. Choices include:
    • ONE.org
    • Israeli peace movement
    • Ending capitalism
    • Ending racism
    • Food Revolution
    • Healthcare revolution (reform is so yesterday and ineffective)
  10. Spend the time fixing my body
    • my diabetes
    • my lipids
    • my back
    • my heart
    • my sleep
  11. Related but separate is to radically go through behavior modification around eating.
  12. Spend time fixing my mind (oh! too many things to list here; and most too uncomfortable to do so publicly)
  13. Read more
  14. Dive deeply into a design problem and apply my existing mastery towards that goal. (I realize this is related to #9) Options include:
    • healthcare
    • urban living
    • education
  15. Become a dive master (this requires getting over some major fears of the ocean; but diving is so awesome!)
  16. Build my own company, or making my own “school” (education system)

This is all made possible now that the last great serial TV show is over. Thanx for 5 years, LOST!

TV shows I think I would maintain no matter what are:

  • SG-U: or the next great Sci-Fi show. It is important to keep eyes on possible futures, even if those futures are in the present.
  • So You Think You Can Dance & Top Chef: I watch these shows less for the drama then for the constant reminder of the importance of craft against rigorous criticism.
  • How I Met Your Mother: a) my wife & I love this show. It’s something we do together. b) A constant reminder of the value of good friends

Well those are mine. What will you do if you turn off the TV?

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