Do not confuse this with the familiar call to fail fast (so often heard in the startup world in recent years). This is a longer game. It is about getting comfortable with being novices and of committing to learning new, hard skills that take years to acquire. In a world of rapid-fire change, constant connection, and lots of choices, it is a necessary goal.
Erika Andersen, wants to teach us how to do just that. Erika is the Founder of Proteus, author of three books on leadership, and a Forbes contributor. She shares concrete tips and great examples in her latest book, Be Bad First: Get Good at Things Fast to Stay Ready for the Future.
Insights from our interview:
- The key skill for success in the 21st century
- Why being bad first is not about failing fast or failing forward
- How open are we to learning new ideas? Less open than we say.
- How we hate being bad at things but love getting good at things
- How our desire for mastery can work in our favor with new challenges
- How hard are you clinging to the skills you have? How is that working for you?
- Four mental skills crucial for learning
- How Michelangelo successfully navigated being bad first
- The role innovation plays in getting ourselves to learn new things
- How to put our self talk to work for us rather than against us
- How we cannot get the help we need if we do not know our gaps
- How to revise and reframe our negative self talk
- What does healthy curiosity look like in adulthood?
- Confused about curiosity? Watch a 3-year-old!
- Get curious by unleashing your drive to understand
- Value the expertise of others enough to ask them questions
- Expected to be expert in your field? Beware of asking these questions.
- Want to reclaim your innate curiosity? Start with your hobbies!
- Anti-curiosity strongly connected to negative self talk
- Risk-free way to practice being bad first? Write with your non-dominant hand.
- It is impossible to be good at something you have never done – remember that
- Learning something new? Find your bridge – the part you know something about.
- Three things we need to believe in order to change our behavior.
- When leaders model new behaviors, change goes faster in their orgs
- Every year, pick something new to be bad at.
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