I was listening to my audiobook on Creativity today while walking Maxie. This book is a long one – fourteen hours. At twenty minutes per walk, times three walks per day, I’ll finish it in about two weeks. I’m also reading a book of Hemingway short stories and Barry Lopez’s “About This Life.” Oh yes, I’m also reading Michael Gelb’s book “How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci.”
It’s interesting how one idea will trigger a bunch of connections based on what you’re doing at the moment.
So…I’m walking Maxie, and the author on Creativity writes:
“Human beings are the only creatures that are allowed to fail. If an ant fails, it’s dead, but we’re allowed to learn from our mistakes.”
What that seems to imply is that failure is part of the learning process. Reading “How to Think Like Leonardo…” I know why.
Before we get to that, though, were you a fan of Star Trek? If you were a computer geek like me, I’m guessing Spock was your favorite character. I loved how Spock kept his cool under fire. The connection between Spock and Leonardo clicked when I thought about how Spock handled mistakes.
One of the seven fundamental principles of thinking like Leonardo is Curiositá. Curiositá is an insatiably curious approach to life and an unrelenting quest for continuous learning.
So how did Spock approach a “mistake?” He didn’t get emotional and start screaming at people (or himself). He became very curious. In fact, his favorite word seemed to be “Fascinating.”
There are two ways we can handle mistakes when they happen. We can get emotional. Or … we can be like Spock (or Leonardo). We can become curious. We can let what caused the mistake in the first place fascinate us. As you explore the causes of the problem, you enter the learning process. We’d suggest once you understand the solution, you’ll solve the problem forever!
The worst way to handle a mistake is to let someone else do it for you. Don’t let the teacher take the brush away from you. Demand that they explain how to move the brush, how to pick up the paint so you can correct the error. Make the learning stick — for life.
The only way to learn is to fall flat on your face and then pick yourself up again. There seems to be no other way.
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