James Price on Habits The Best Shooters and Professional Chefs ShareJames Price drops by the studio to whip you into shape for the new year. We discuss what the habits that the best shooters and professional chefs both share.

Many people watch in awe and wonder as the best shooters in the world work. These top performers seem to glide through courses of fire with ease. Long time listeners will often hear us refer to this as tactical ballet.

And if you ever watch the best chefs in the world, you’ll notice they seem to dance around a kitchen. All their movements are fluid, efficient, and purposeful.

But there’s more than a surface-deep correlation between the best shooters ‘dumping mags in fools’ and chefs baking a perfect soufflé.

The commonality is this: They attain unconscious competence by turning skills into habits. And it all starts with a mastery of the basics.

James explains in more depth with some great takeaways for you in this episode…

Habits of The Best Shooters and Chefs Topics Discussed:

  • The surprising origins of the CIA (Culinary Institute of America)
  • The only way to reach skill perfection
  • Innovation through refinement
  • Weird trivia about the movie To Catch a Thief
  • The stupidity of muscle memory and what unconscious competence really is
  • Why the basics of any field are crucial to learn and commit to the point where they are a habit
  • Being able to pull out the best parts and adopt new skill from trainers
  • Cooking fish while running and gunning
  • Mise en place – everything in its place in cooking and tactical applications
  • The finite ability to think while in a stressful situation
  • How cleaning up saves lives
  • Always ending a day and training correctly
  • Lessons from that time a co-worker of James’ yawned during a shootout
  • Making and using tactical recipes
  • How back briefs – repeating information back – saves lives
  • Learning the value of showing respect and keeping an open mind in order to learn
  • Taking responsibility to the extreme

The key difference between people who live in a gunfight and the people who die, they’re able to think because the gunfighting skills are unconscious.

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Episode Resources:

Aarons ‘deep pull’ movie reference To Catch a Theif