A High Speed Low Drag Way of Life

I joined the Marines at the age of 17. I’m 40 now. For most of my adult life I’ve worked in occupations where people shot at me or tried to blow me up, I almost always went armed everywhere I was, or I was surrounded by wild animals who saw me at the bottom of the food chain. Don’t get me wrong, it’s been a lot of fun. It has also shaped how I live.

DWP-USMC-boot camp

Combine Jack Bauer and Indiana Jones, add a fierce red beard, take away all the handsomeness and the hair, and you’ve got me.

All of this helped hone a way of life I call High Speed Low Drag Living.

The Urban Dictionary defines the term as “No extra fluff or “baggage” that is irrelevant to the person, product, or idea being described. Basically, “very efficient” or “lean and mean”. It’s a term we often used in the Marines because of its nautical connotation. A vessel with low drag or extra crap will go faster. It applies in so many ways too.

Just think about your own body. Weigh less, run faster.

What about your business? Less debt, more mobility.

These days I get shot at much less than I used to, but there are the occasional contracts I take that I often can’t reveal where I trade my button down shirt for a plate carrier. Mostly these days I help other people develop a high speed low drag life. Not everyone can afford me and not everyone is willing to pay for help in life transformation though, and that’s fine. I’d rather have the right number of great clients than too many bad ones who aren’t willing to work hard. That’s why I wrote my book on Rapid Skill Acquisition. It’s an anonymous inexpensive way to check out what I do.


Rapid Skill Acquisition has been on the best seller lists in the areas of cognitive psychology and experimental education because it works. It’s pretty cheap too if you buy it for your tablet. Click on this link right HERE and you can check it out. If you think you’re ready for more, send me a message and we’ll see if we’re a good fit for moving you forward.

This message was written by a team of geeks, nerds, gamers, and Dr. David Powers. You can always find us at www.drdavidpowers.com. Thanks for reading!

My Rapid Skill Development Baseline Exercise

I just released a short video detailing one of the exercises I use with clients to help them with Rapid Skill Acquisition. I call it the Baseline Exercise. Although the video is short, you can really go in depth with this exercise by filling in the information for the expert’s baseline. The example I used is my son’s goal to play in the NBA, so our expert to follow is his idol Michael Jordan.

As always, if you have any questions or would like me to work on this with you, just let me know.

You can find my Rapid Skill Development 101 book HERE.

This message was written by a team of geeks, nerds, gamers, and Dr. David Powers. You can always find us at www.drdavidpowers.com. Thanks for reading!

Are You a Tradesman, Craftsman, or Artisan?

Rapid skill acquisition is big news these days. With recent books from Josh Kaufman and Tim Ferriss, a lot of people are jumping on the bandwagon. At least they’re jumping on the bandwagon to read about it. You know how things are though. Many will read, but few will do. As Seth Godin says, they’re just not shipping.

I’m shipping. I’m reading Josh and Tim’s books and applying my own cognitive research to the process.

I love this visual from The 4 Hour Chef. Josh talks about setting goals for your rapid skill process, and in this chart Tim applies labels to them.


So, where do you want to be?

Do you want to be a Tradesman? In other words, you get by.

Do you want to be a Craftsman? In other words, you do pretty good.

Do you want to be an Artisan? In other words, you are awesome!

In case you were wondering, my rapid skill acquisition goal is sumo wrestling. I’ll be happy to get to the Craftsman level where I’m pretty good and don’t get my butt kicked every time I hit the mat.

Great news- I just checked Amazon Kindle ratings and my book on rapid skill acquisition has made it into the top 100 lists for Cognitive Psychology and Experimental Education Theory. It sounds very Mad Scientist like, which is pretty cool.

This message was written by Dr. David Powers. You can always find me at www.drdavidpowers.com. Thanks for reading!