Turn the Page

Every learning experience requires us to confront the discomfort of the plateau; that moment when our enthusiasm flattens out with the realization that as far as we’ve come there’s still a long way to go.

In that moment we can decide that “this is good enough” or we can summon the resolve to turn the page and get back to work.

As I continue my experience of learning to play the piano I found myself at just that kind of place this week. The recognition of having settled into a “comfortable mode” is a wake-up call and the decision to push on to the next level of challenge is daunting.

What I didn’t account for was the way that my previous learning would bolster my next steps. The pain of “not knowing how” that I was anticipating was not nearly as difficult to experience because of the hard work I have put in so far.

Here I am at the piano with a few more thoughts on the subject:

DAVID BERRY is the author of “A More Daring Life: Finding Voice at the Crossroads of Change” and the founder of RULE13 Learning. He speaks and writes about the complexity of leading in a changing world.

2 thoughts on “Turn the Page

  1. But you didn’t PLAY anything for us!!!! You should have ended the video with a fade out as you played one of your Hanon exercises, silly!! This has SO MANY great applications. May I please share with my students/families via email forwarded? It also has similarities to my WeightWatcher journey…those plateaus when I’m tempted to say “this is good enough”. No, I am committed to the full journey, to the finish line I have chosen.

    I have a sign in my pantry closet: “If I quit now, I will soon be back to where I started. And when I started, I was desparately wishing to be where I am now.” Oh David, I sure love you and your posts and this connection we have over them. Now go back and amend today’s with a little music ‘out-take’!

    Your sissy says.


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