Moneyball

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I love this film. I’ve watched it at least 25 times. Moneyball is a 2011 biographical sports-drama film based on an account of the 2002 Oakland Athletics baseball team — and their general manager Billy Beane’s attempts to assemble a competitive team.

In the film, Beane (Brad Pitt) and assistant GM Peter Brand (Jonah Hill), faced with the franchise’s limited budget, build a team of undervalued talent by taking a sophisticated sabermetric approach to scouting and analyzing players.

The term sabermetric is derived from the acronym SABR, which stands for the Society for American Baseball Research; basically uber baseball nerds who’ve distilled player talent into repeatable mathematical formulas.

Moneyball was released to box office success and critical acclaim. The film was nominated for six Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Actor for Pitt and Best Supporting Actor for Hill.

Brad Pitt was awesome as Billy Beane. Within his performance, you can tell Beane (knowing this is a tough business) wants to care for his players. However, he has to remain dispassionate to effectively move these guys around.

The song, It’s a Process, is from the best scene in the movie — as the players are being gently coached up and the results start coming to fruition.

The message of this film is really that all of us — you — have an undervalued talent that can be exploited and leveraged.

I’m a massive fan of investor/philosopher Naval Ravikant. Naval refers to this is specific knowledge; ‘Knowledge that only you know, or only a small set of people know. This knowledge is going to come out of your passions and your hobbies oddly enough. So if you have hobbies and intellectual curiosity, you’re more likely to develop these passions, and you’re more likely to have skill sets that society does not yet know how to train other people how to do…” – Naval Ravikant.

While its impossible ever know a person’s actual net-worth, Naval’s is estimated at 20-30 million. It’s probably much higher than that. He’s rather famous for his tweet storm, How to Get Rich (without getting lucky). I suggest you check it out if you’re interested in wealth creation. I prefer the podcast version here.

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Gear Used

For, It’s a Process, I used my Cordoba C7 Cedar. It’s a deep and resonant guitar – but with lots of mid-range. This guitar has been great for my low and alternate tuned arrangements. You can find a current list of my gear here.

How to play It’s a Process | fingerstyle guitar

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This piece is relatively is relatively easy to play. The guitar tab is beautifully written across two pages, and played straight through. You’ll take care to repeat the sections within the brackets, twice.

Enjoy! The guitar tab is available below:

Moneyball: It’s a Process | fingerstyle guitar

It’s a Process is tuned down one whole step, from low to high: D G C F A D. You could just as easily play this in standard tuning as well.

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