Crafting well-meaning and articulate messages can take a lot of time to learn.
And that’s the rub of it.
We have to write thousands of bad messages in order to refine our skills, shorten the message, and get specific on the value.
That rationale can apply to many things we do in life. We must be comfortable being bad at something in the early stages in order to hurdle that gap from not knowing to knowing. From novice to proficient.
Once we start to “get it” and are feeling comfortable then we know we’ve acquired the correct knowledge, mostly through consistency and practice.
That’s when it might be time to look at new ways to be bad again.
To become a beginner learner in a new area.
To once again scale another mountain for growth opportunities that we haven’t yet considered.
Guy Kawasaki is the chief evangelist of Canva and the creator of Guy Kawasaki’s Remarkable People podcast. He is an executive fellow of the Haas School of Business (UC Berkeley), an adjunct professor of the University of New South Wales. He was the chief evangelist of Apple and a trustee of the Wikimedia Foundation. He has written Wise Guy, The Art of the Start 2.0, The Art of Social Media, Enchantment, and eleven other books. Kawasaki has a BA from Stanford University, an MBA from UCLA, and an honorary doctorate from Babson College.
Changing the way our brain processes and learns things can be impactful on our growth and one of the best ways to get in this state is by being a beginner learner. It’s by getting well outside our comfort zone and having to rely on parts of the brain that we might not utilize as much. As we all know, most days we turn on “autopilot” and coast with our normal routines.
If we want to try and be a beginner learner again but don’t know where to start, try to do some things tomorrow with our least dominant hand.
Brush our teeth, eat our food, tie our shoes. There is a myriad of things we do all day every day and don’t even consider the alternatives.
By trying this, we have to slow down and think about the process and steps to completion by using our opposite hand. It activates a different part of our brain and it shakes us a bit because it’s so foreign.
But, it allows us to see a different perspective and start to map out new ways to perform common tasks.
Making what is normally easy for us hard can help trigger that part of the brain that we might have to use in situations down the road and it allows us to practice recognizing new patterns and getting more comfortable with situations that we don’t recognize.
That’s a good thing. That’s how we grow to think differently than we do today.
That’s how we become a better version of ourselves tomorrow.