So have you ever wanted to get better at what you do and what you care about? Then the TED Talk “How to get better at the things you care about” by Eduardo Briceño, a speaker and writer, is the video for you. You can also watch the video here.
I’ve included some highlights of the video below in case you don’t have 11 minutes to spare (it’s that short!):
- We try to do our best in many areas of our lives: family, work, school, etc. But how do you become best at what you really care about, such as being a parent or a professional?
- You can spend a lot of time working hard in those areas, but maybe you aren’t improving. Stagnation, despite hard work, can become common.
- Successful people alternate between two zones: (1) learning zone and (2) performance zone.
- The performance zone maximizes our immediate performance.
- In contrast, the learning zone maximizes our growth & future performance.
- In order to improve, we need to get out of being only in the performance zone and get into the learning zone so we can grow.
- To get substantial improvement, we may need . . .
- To go outside our comfort zones
- To receive guidance
- To consider criticism/feedback
- At least once a week, the best salespeople do activities with the goal of improvement, such as:
- Reading to extend their knowledge
- Consulting with colleagues or domain experts
- Trying out new strategies
- Soliciting feedback
- Alternate between the performance and learning zone to get optimal results.
- Eduardo Briceño asks us, “How can we spend more time in the learning zone?” Here are 4 ways:
- Believe and understand that we CAN improve (AKA growth mindset)
- Want to improve a particular skill—it takes time and effort
- Have an idea about how to improve—do deliberate practice
- Be in low-stakes situations (since there are consequences)
- A favorite quote from Eduardo Briceño: “Real confidence is about modeling ongoing learning.”
- Your goal this upcoming week, if you choose to accept it, is to watch this short, motivational video and then implement something you’ve learned into your work.