Be Bad First!

This is the title of a book by Erika Andersen who was the opening keynote speaker at this year’s Special Libraries Association Annual Conference.  The subtitle of the book is “Get Good at Things FAST to Stay Ready for the Future.”  Erika provided an excellent keynote by explaining the new need to learn and to get to the “mastery” stage  as quickly as possible. She identified four skills of mastery:

  • Aspiration — wanting something you don’t currently have.
  • Neutral self-awareness — knowing where you’re starting from and understanding your strengths and weaknesses (in an unbiased way)
  • Endless curiosity — explore and explain, understand and master.
  • Willingness to be bad first — we must be able to embrace the return to the “novice” stage as we learn new things.

Great food for thought.  Time to continue learning new things!

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