Driving With A Cheeseburger

Posted on 08. Sep, 2010 by in My Progress

dollars-for-hoursRemember what it was like when you first started driving?

Hands at 10 & 2—Check the rear view mirror—Check the side mirror—slowly step on the accelerator—oops, too much, let off a little bit—Check over the left shoulder again—slowly turn the wheel to merge into traffic—Check the mirror again—Not too close to the car in front of you—Breathe.

The other day I was driving my manual transmission Honda down the freeway at about 70 mph, eating a cheeseburger, large rootbeer between my legs, steering with my knees, and talking on the cell phone when the person I was talking to said something that I need to write down. So I start digging around under the passenger seat looking for a piece of paper and pen.

At that moment I caught myself—Stopped what I was doing—described to the caller what I was doing at that moment—and told them that I would call them back when I got to where I was going.

Learning Stuff Can Be An Emotional Roller Coaster

A few days ago I was pretty discouraged and fed up with the whole passive income thing. Today, it feels like I’m settling into the process and feeling more confident. Some of the stuff I’ve been doing, like commenting on other blogs, twittering (or is it tweeting?), etc… doesn’t feel like I’m forcing myself anymore. It feels like something natural now and that takes some of the pressure off.

The Four Stage Of Competence

If you’ve never seen these before then you might find this helpful.

  1. Unconscious Incompetence
    In this first stage, you don’t know how to do something and you don’t know you don’t know something. Think of it as the “ignorance is bliss” stage.
  2. Conscious Incompetence
    This is where you still don’t know how to do something but you’re now aware of how much you don’t know. This is where you want to start learning new stuff.
  3. Conscious Competence
    In this stage, you know how to do something but it takes a great deal of energy and concentration to do it well.
  4. Unconscious Competence
    Finally, this is where things are now “second nature” and natural. The new skill can be performed easily, often without too much concentration. You can just “see” things that others can’t quite see.

When it comes to driving, I have moved from Conscious Competence where I had to purposefully think about every movement, to Unconscious Competence. My body and muscles know what they are doing without having to think about it.

I’m looking forward to when that is happening with Passive income.


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