Ernest Hemingway /David Bowie /Conor McGregor

The Way Of The Supreme

Or How They Became Something We’d Never Seen Before

Apr 28, 2016 · 8 min read

Well, in this article, I will go beyond the definition and expose a new perspective about approaching anything meaningful in your life.

We will also explore a few examples of autodidact people who earned themselves a timeless place in history, because of the things they’d created.. or done.

Ernest Hemingway. Da Vinci. David Bowie.

Sound familiar?

Ernest Hemingway:

So, how this paid off in the future?

The New York Times wrote in 1926 of Hemingway’s first novel, “No amount of analysis can convey the quality of The Sun Also Rises. It is a truly gripping story, told in a lean, hard, athletic narrative prose that puts more literary English to shame.”

In 1954, when Hemingway was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature…

…it was for “his mastery of the art of narrative, most recently demonstrated in The Old Man and the Sea, and for the influence that he has exerted on contemporary style.

Leonardo da Vinci

“his mind and personality seem to us superhuman, while the man himself mysterious and remote”.

Polymath is the word I want you to keep in mind. Keep reading for now.

David Bowie:

Do you see anything common among these three?

Their careers were all shaped by diversity. They all did approach their industries differently. They all did expose a different perspective of doing. But they only did that through diverse learning.

The Non-Linear Approach

They exposed themselves to different ways of doing. Different points of view. Diversification. Non-linearity.

If the conditions change, it doesn’t matter, because they are capable to quickly find or even create another door through which they may enter. And this higher, better perspective over their careers eventually led to the creation of timeless pieces and great acts.

The Conor McGregor Effect

Conor McGregor is the current UFC Featherweight (145 lbs) champion of the world.

The first time I got struck was with something I saw before one of his fights.

They were just introducing both fighters with their height and weight and “speciality”…or the fighting style each figher is experienced at the most.

What does this say about him?

He doesn’t put himself in any brackets. He does not consider himself a specialist in any field. He has no black belts. They don’t call him “The Wrestler” or anything.

He became unpredictable in his diversity.

This is why he is so entertaining to watch. He brings beauty to a considered “savage” sport .

So, how can all this be applied to your life?

Hope I didn’t leave you tired by all these examples. I just wanted to make a point. To show you a few different perspectives, so you can get the feeling. It’s a bit of a mindshift. I mean…to see things this way.

Once I saw it, felt and understood it, it never left me. Now, I approach everything significant in my life this way.

And I fully stand behind my words. History proves it. Conor proves it. I will prove it.

Working in marketing?

Why do you specialize in Facebook marketing? Explore the different types of content. Reverse-engineer what stands behind a successful article. Get averagely good at photoshop. Learn to shoot and edit videos.

Design? “Im a web designer”.

Cool. But why not try drawing custom made things? Why not try creating animated videos? Why not learn basic front-end programming?

If you can take anything from this article…let it be this.

Approach everything in your life like a generalist, don’t fully specialize. Be curious. Experience new things. Broaden your perspective. Surprise yourself. Surprise people.

Did you like it? Your heart will mean the world to me!

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