No matter how many years you have invested in becoming really, really good at what you do, chances you are now having to learn new things — and learning to think differently — in order to remain effective.
And you’re probably going to stink at the new stuff for a while. That’s according to Ira Glass, the extraordinarily successful host and producer of “This American Life.” But being able to tolerate being not-so-great at something while you work to become as skilled as you want to be is not only okay, it is absolutely necessary, Glass says. In the second part of a three-part video on storytelling, Glass generously shares some of the not-so-great work that he did on the way to becoming a master.
The segment brought to mind some of the ideas we’ve presented in Convene, including my talk with Stanford psychology prof Carol Dweck about the difference between a “fixed” and a “growth” mindset, and Chris Durso’s exchange with author Malcolm Gladwell about the ingredients of success.
And, come to think of it, my yoga teacher, who said this morning as I lost my balance in a challenging pose: “Falling is doing.”