Yesterday whilst taking a protein break – you might call it lunch – at my parent’s house, my dad proved once again he’s a Zen master.

Now I don’t mean Zen as in:

  • Zest for life
  • Energy for life
  • Nutrition for life

There’s only one ZEN Beast here and that’s me.

Nope, I mean Zen as in:

  • Simple
  • Direct
  • Powerful

Let me explain.

We’d spent a couple of hours in my dads workshop and I was super juiced up over using our new pillar drill to drill perpendicular holes in the new knife blank I’m working on.

These holes will be used to pin the handles on and to give the glue extra purchase.

I know, I know, you come here for the Qigong not the knife making. Don’t worry I’ll get to that. You know you can trust me to deliver you something of value every day. Even if it’s only to be entertained for 5 minutes.

Now where was I?

Oh yeah, so whilst eating I was asked my dad this question:

“How do you get really good at something?”

I mean he’s got 50 years of wood working, shop fitting and general building experience under his belt so he seemed like someone with an opinion worth listening to.

But before he could answer the question I kept going.

I started spouting on about needing 10,000 hours to develop a skill, and when I finally stopped rabbiting on I was talking about whether I might have inherited some of his skills.

In typical Zen style that Rinzai himself would be proud of. My father tapped the side of his head and proclaimed inheritance of skills to be:


He went on:

“You only inherit your eye colour, skin colour, height and so on from me and your mum. The rest is environment and application. Everything you do, you do by wanting to do it. My dad wasn’t a joiner, I discovered my love of wood through school and became a joiner. Working in that environment exposed me to other things and I thought ‘Hmm, I wouldn’t mind giving that a try’ and so on.”

I was impressed.

And he summed up with:

“You get good at something by doing it.”

And with that I took our empty plates into the kitchen and went back to his workshop to drill more holes.

So there you have it.

It’s your environment and applying yourself that’s important. Not your genes.

I don’t know if that’s scientifically true or not, but it certainly sits comfortably with me. It means the buck stops with me. Responsibility for getting good and owning skills is on me.

Hows that for:

  • Simple
  • Direct
  • Effective

No mystical mumbo jumbo. No tree hugging hippy nonsense. No sketchy woo woo.

It’s on you.

So if you want to live a happier, healthier and longer life in just 15 minutes a day, you’re definitely in the right environment Grasshopper.

Now you just have to apply yourself.

If you’re ready to get started I suggest you check out my 22 week Qigong Secrets Home Study Course, full details are waiting on you here:

Bye for now


P.S. I bet there aren’t many 11 year old boys out there as delighted as Ollie is right now. He thought he was starting back at school today. Turns out it’s tomorrow.

Bonus day off!

Can you imagine how good that must feel?