We’ve been taught to wait, to amass knowledge, and to know for sure what it is we’re doing before we leap in.
We’ve been taught that the only time to do something genuinely skilful, risky and creative – in other words anything that can make a contribution to the state of things – is when we know how to do it already.
It’s ample fuel for the inner critic, the part of us that would have us hold back until everything is just right.
And it has us hold others back too.
But, as Aristotle reminds us, when it comes to mastery the paradox is that
“the things we have to learn before we can do, we learn by doing“.
In other words, we have to jump right in, long before we have any skill, make many mistakes, and hang on in the face of our own demons, other people’s criticism, and the many occasions we’ll mess it up.
Does your work, your organisation, your leadership, your life allow any space for this?
Or are you keeping yourself and everyone around you in a tight circle of safe, predictable reliability?