Some skills are transferable, while others aren’t.
Michael Jordan showed this when he tried to play baseball.
Arguably one of the greatest basketball players of all time, he absolutely sucked at baseball.
Barely could hold his own in AA minor leagues.
No doubt he was a gifted athlete.
But his gifts were only good in one very specialized area.
Exercise in general is a good metaphor for life skills.
Bodybuilders, for example, work out to create a FORM.
Where athletes, on the other hand, work out to create FUNCTION.
In many areas, form follows function, and function follows form.
If you’re happy, you’ll smile.
If you are sad and FORCE yourself to walk around with a goofy grin on your face, you will put yourself in a good mood.
The smile (form) creates the function (happiness).
And the happiness (function) creates the form (smile).
But athletes that work out for function reasons (like baseball and football players) don’t always have good FORM (not form of play, but form of appearance).
Some lineman for example, are not exactly svelte.
On the other hand, a world class bodybuilder that has 0.2% body fat and looks like a Greek sculpture, probably couldn’t play any sport to save his life.
One famous athlete that had both form AND function was Bruce Lee.
A world class fighter, but also a very impressive form.
In some cases, form and function are very tightly related.
Generally speaking, anything like martial arts where you train your body to be used in a WIDE VARIETY of ways is going to increase the connection between form and function.
Linemen, on the other hand, only need short bursts of explosive strength.
Skilled martial artists need speed, strength, agility, stamina and flexibility.
It’s very hard to create all that function without creating impressive form.
Language is the same way.
When you develop your language to be used defensively, you’re guaranteed to get tons of secondary benefits.
Benefits that can help you make money and build relationships.
After all, skills are skills.
And the more areas in which you can practice using them, the more flexible your skills will be.
Most martial artist never intend on getting into a street fight.
But they aren’t afraid of them either.
You can use your words the same way.
To win hearts and clients, or to destroy minds.
Giving you a MASSIVE range of confidence.