What’s your crane technique?

Like most Gen-Xers, I was a fan of the original Karate Kid movie (R.I.P. Pat Morita.)

While the new movie with Jaden Smith and Jackie Chan looks good, one thing jumped out at me in the trailer.  The 2010 version of “wax on, wax off” involves taking off a jacket, hanging it up, taking it down and putting it back on.  This is consistent with Jackie Chan’s fighting style–which is a lot more complex than Mr. Miyagi’s basic kicks, punches and blocks from the original movie.

In fact, on the whole, the fighting style of even the inexperienced Kid is flashier and more complicated in the 2010 version.

Which got me thinking about one of my themes for 2010.  Which is “mastering the basics.”

I’m working on doing the simple things over and over and over again.  Like posting every week day here.  Being a consistent presence in the places where I want to build relationships, online and offline.

Wax on, wax off.  It’s not complicated.  It is a lot of work, over time.

Doing the simple things consistently over time will take you far.  It took Daniel LaRusso all the way to the karate championship finals.

If you’re happy making a good showing, just doing the simple things with consistency will get you there.

But if you need to win it all… you need something special.

You need a Crane Technique.

What do you do that no one else does?  What could you do that no one has seen before?  What’s your special gift, your superpower that the world just doesn’t have a defense against?

Drop a comment if you feel like sharing.


  1. ·

    My super power is that I don’t give up. If I want to achieve or do something I will find a way, no matter what. That’s not to say that I’m super motivated all the time. I’m often lazy and get downright hostile if someone tries to coerce me into doing something I don’t want to do.

    Back in 1997 I saw the movie Without Limits, which is about Steve Prefontaine. He was a world-class distance runner whose coach founded Nike. My two favorites from the film, that are attributed to Steve, were:

    “To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the Gift.”


    “I will win because I can take more pain than anyone else.”

    I really like his philosophy.

    P.S. Thanks for switching back to the old comments. I like this a LOT better. 🙂
    .-= Charles Robinson´s last blog ..Finding the cluster size on Windows iSCSI targets =-.

  2. Kat

    So, we have “perception” and “persistence” as super powers so far… very cool, guys. 🙂

    I would have to say, my gift is the ability to use storytelling tools (metaphor, analogy or parable) or to make complex things make more sense.


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