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We have moved from the age of the hunter-gatherer to the agricultural age – then on through the industrial age to the age of information. We have so much data at our disposal that I think in many ways, some of us are worse off …
In my experience, people don’t just need more data … more information … what they need is HELP and DIRECTION.
Information is great – I am probably an information addict myself (in many ways) but information by itself is only a small part of the answer to many of our challenges.
On the mat, I see people with lots of info (techniques/new moves, etc) but very often little understanding of how these techniques fit properly into the overall scheme of things (ie: their game). Usually, results can be achieved by giving people exactly what they need, rather than a whole lot of what they think they need.
We need information certainly – but we need copious amounts of UNDERSTANDING and PERSPECTIVE to make good use of that information in the context of our training – or our lives in general.
The world throws more information our way nowadays, than ever before in history. But are we better off? Are we happier? No sooner do we begin to assimilate or digest a piece of information the world has thrown our way, when we become distracted by yet another info-packet hurled our way … etc.
Fighters jumping randomly from technique to technique, diet to diet, training regime to training regime – rarely stay focused long enough to get the value of out anything. Information is a powerful thing – but it can also distract us from being focused and making real and measurable gains … JBW