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September 21st, 2021

From an early draft of the AOV.




The conventional definition: a high degree of skill and mastery in performing.

The AOV definition: A state of no limitations. Where you’re able to achieve any goal, create any outcome, with minimum effort and with maximum effect.


Is not absence of effort; everything we do involves effort.

It’s the sensation of an absence of effort, of just allowing things to happen without having to apply conscious effort.

Like driving. When you drive, there’s no conscious effort involved. Everything has been automated through years of doing.

Or someone throws a ball at you and you reach out and catch it, without thinking.

To paraphrase the Old Master:

“The Virtuoso does not do, and yet everything is done.”


– October 27, 2009

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