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You Haven’t Practiced Until You’ve Performed

“One more seminar. One more book. One more coaching session. One more practice run-through. Then I can start,” we think.

Why not start now? Why not grow on the go? Why not learn while you live? Why not conceptualize while you create? Why not improve while you move?

Who sold us on this false dichotomy between learning and doing?

Practice is part and parcel of performance.

 

The Mark of Mastery

Never let leading take the lead over learning.

Our greatest responsibility is not to the growth of others, but to the continual evolution of our own intelligence, our own integrity, and our own sense of imagination.

The best way to reach the people we teach is by maintaining what Zen Philosophy calls a “beginner’s mind.”

The most inspiring teachers are not those who are merely filled with knowledge, but rather those who are also filled with wonder.

The mark of mastery is insatiable curiosity.

We lead best when we learn most.

 

It’s Not Easy Being Right

“You can be right without being righteous about it.” -Ram Dass

Why do people have such a difficult time admitting they’re wrong?

Maybe (just maybe) because those who are right are not always so gracious about the fact that they are right.

Sometimes we’re more invested in proving our point than in making it easier for people to adapt to the challenges and complexities involved in adopting and assimilating new ideas.

The experience of being wrong is difficult because the experience of being right is difficult.

 

Those Who Wish To Teach, Must First Learn to Respect

There’s an inverse relationship between the size of a teacher’s ideas and the size of a teacher’s need to make their students feel small.

A lover of knowledge understands that education does not require humiliation; that a learner’s intelligence doesn’t need to be insulted as preparation for it being informed.

The broader one’s understanding of the universe, the deeper their inclination to share that understanding without pretension.

When one’s mind is truly exalted, so is their respect for others.

BYOJ

Some party invitations suggest “BYOB” for “Bring Your Own Beer.”

I’d like to see one that says “BYOJ” for “Bring Your Own Joy.”

If we all did that, regardless of the event, life itself would become a party.

Sometimes the best way to have a good time is to make up your mind ahead of time that you’re going to have a good time.

“Will happiness be there?”

Perhaps not.

Maybe you should bring it with you just in case.

Cheers,

T.K. Coleman

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