Why You Need a Teacher (even if you’re sure you don’t).

If you don’t have a teacher, you’re cheating yourself.

Wow, I do NOT like those words!

In fact, I resisted the whole notion of a teacher for decades. Friends and colleagues, from artists to athletes, execs to educators would all tell me about their amazing mentors, teachers, coaches and gurus. My eyes would roll. I’m an autodidact, I’d tell myself, I learn best when I’m in control. I don’t need a teacher or a coach, I just need access to information.

Turns out, that is a complete and utter lie.

To go from being a newbie to being really good at anything takes a ton of work. Still, most people, with enough motivation, can get there. To go from really good to excellent takes a whole different level of effort known as “deliberate practice.” But, to go from excellent to stunningly-good, to step into that final, brutally-hard to access top 5% of your potential, that takes something entirely different. Something called “directed practice.” And, here’s the thing, you cannot DO directed practice without a teacher. End of story. No exceptions.

What deliberate and directed practice are, and how a teacher becomes a critical player, no matter how smart you are, is what we’re talking about in today’s GLP Riff.

Good Life Science Update.

And, on the science side of things, today, we’re diving into a cool new study from a team out of University of Illinois about how being in nature affects your ability to focus your attention, stay engaged longer and go better work. We’ve known about the effects of nature on your body and mind, it’s an amazing Vitality Bucket filler. But, now, we’ve got research to show how it can effect your ability to do your best work. To fill your Contribution Bucket, too. And, as always, for those who want to go to the source, here’s a link to the full study.


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