Thursday, April 25, 2013

Different perspectives

At our annual retreat last year, I said after 20 years of development, I didn’t want to look back in 20 years and regret what I didn’t do.

It wasn’t an insult or a statement of dissatisfaction, it was me simply stating that I need to take control of my development and not wind up blaming others for any lack of growth down the road.

So that brings me to my question for today’s post.  Imagine a meeting between three people:

You, when you first started taiko.
You, now.
You, in ten years (assuming you were still playing).

What advice would you give each other?  Would your past self be happy with where you are now?  Would your future self tell you both to practice more?  Worry less?  Is what you would want from your past self the same as what your future self would want from you now?

While none of us are done with our taiko journey, realize that what you do today affects what you can do tomorrow.  While obstacles and difficulties exist for everyone, other people can’t overcome them for you.  And as good as you might be now, how are you taking steps to make sure you keep getting better down the road?

1 comment:

  1. Beginner me -> present me and future me: don't ever lose the beginner's mindset.

    Present me and future me -> beginner me: practice practice practice

    future me -> present me: don't give up on taiko because imagine how much better you will be 10 years from now. Don't give up because all of the novelty is gone. There's always something new and exciting you can learn about taiko that'll bring that novelty back.

    future me -> beginner me: don't be intimidated by all of the professionals. They're human, too, and there's so much you can learn from them.

    I don't really want to go through all of the permutations :P