Go is similar to music in more ways than you may think. Both have almost unlimited creative potential, and serve as a great form of expression. What can we learn from music that can be applied to Go (and vice-versa)? Let’s look at some of the similarities.
I often wonder exactly how we progress in Go, or any skill for that matter. What separates a professional from an amateur? How do some improve rapidly while others do not improve at all? There are many important factors which are sometimes overlooked. Allow me to share with you what I have learned.
A while ago, S, an American Go player wrote me;
When I’m facing lower kyus I tend to kill their groups “a lot” but sometimes their groups are dying and I think they’re dead, then the lower kyu that I’m facing finds a way to live that I didn’t see. >< I’m starting to lose confidence in my ability to do life and death in my games =(. (Naturally I picked up a life and death book and started solving some problems. lol) Is this another part of getting better? I thought I would at least be able to do life and death better than a kyu =/
Does it sound familiar? Yes. It does to me. I experienced this myself when I was much weaker (I wouldn’t say I still have this issue since I am supposed to say I play the same no matter how strong the opponent is). Luckily I found the question when I was looking for a good topic to write, and thought it would be interesting to talk about it. The question was quite precise though, so let me generalize it a little bit for this essay’s topic.
Setting goals is one of the most powerful ways to influence your future, yet it is something not practised as commonly as it should be. Research suggests that only 8%-12% of a population will actually complete or maintain their New Year’s resolutions. Research has also shown that your rate of success will greatly increase by simply writing down the goal. In this article I will show you how to create and optimize your goals as I create a study plan in Go.