I suspect I'm "an enthusiast". Not necessarily of this or that. I'm an enthusiast as in I frequently get into enthusiasm. Etymologically, the word means "in God". To me, the state of enthusiasm is that state where things move on their own, where time and effort no longer exist.
Some of my objects of enthusiasm seem to remain stable, here to stay or at least part of a slower cycle; nothing makes me flow better than music. Making, listening and dancing to it. Maybe I'm biased because of how much I love it, but I consider it one of the highest things a human can do with his limited time. If a curious alien race would ask me, that's what I would present to them: "we are a shitty species in most of the areas right now but, here, this is what we call music"...
Other objects of enthusiasm do change. I guess another way of describing my enthusiasm is that I am a "deep diver": I fall in love with a subject and I submerge myself in it with passion, until I think I "get it". Generally the process works like this: I have a few introductory sessions where I think "um... Interesting... Peculiar...", but don't go beyond that. Then one morning, just because, I move to "Wait a minute! This is dynamite! Have to learn it! I want it! No time to lose!". Examples of this "revelation" in different moments of my life have been: Marvel comics, gore & terror films (the good ones, please, don't get me started), computer programming and videogames, literature, meditation techniques, certain psychology schools...
It seems I'm just wired this way. And another one that seems to be a keeper for me is what Womack and friends in the 90's named, with eternal hesitation forever and ever it seems, "Lean". Deming. TWI. Etc. The whole family. A set of techniques and work philosophies that turn whatever it is you want to do into sort of a dance. Sluggish into flowing. A tiny improvement into a time investment with great return. An "error" into something that makes you reach out for a fork and knife.
If these things float your boat, you are already suspecting analogies, trying applications that can benefit your music making. In this case, the particular application problems I encounter will not be of interest to you, you're too busy solving your own issues in your own processes.
And if these things say nothing to you, there's no way you find something useful in all my rambling about the virtues of these techniques. Nothing of this is new, and the information has been out there for a long long time.
I guess if I still write about this stuff sometimes is because I feel lonely, and putting it in words helps me see it in a different way. The sensible, suit wearing world of manufacturers and office workers who usually "do Lean" would see me as a loonie ("he does not do Facebook? Outrageous!"). Those who call themselves musicians probably think I'm just some sort of control freak. I'd rather share my words with someone who is into this stuff like me but... at least writing about it gives it some degree of expression. It's like I almost feel guilty of keeping this stuff all to myself. I don't know, it's strange...
(Incidentally, and although nobody cares, I'm currently very pumped up with an adaptation of TWI's Job Breakdown lists that could help me standardize my processes for good, plus a new look at visual workplace and 5S, where I think I've taken my understanding to +1. The good thing about this stuff is that -I think I've used the analogy before- you move on a spiral rather than a circle; each time you go back over an element you have a different "altitude", you always find something new, it's endless...)
I have a guitar and I'm gonna use it