In nearly every aspect of life, we use the term “experience” interchangeably with “effectiveness.”
One of my main problems with this is personified by this hypothetical person:
Imagine a person with 30 years of experience as a personal trainer. We’re off to a good start and it sounds like someone who is highly skilled.
Until you look at one potential problem: Lack of change
This hypothetical person, in their profession, has simply executed the same thing for a long time. This is only useful if your goal in life is to draw a perfect circle– practicing the same thing over and over in this case will most likely yield the result you’re looking for.
Maybe one of the problems is that we get emotionally attached to one idea or type of training/living. So much so that we ignore other potentially better possibilities. In fact, the term “flip-flopper” is a derogatory term for someone who changes their mind.
Holy shit, seriously?
Do we expect everyone to be so god damn smart in this moment that they’ll never change their mind about something? It’s like we live in a world with a bunch of stubborn children.
If you give a damn you should be constantly looking for ways to improve on what you’re currently doing (“better every day” anyone?)
So what does this mean for YOU, TODAY?
Don’t rely on time to make you better at stuff. You need to be an active, curious, and ambitious individual. Just because you’ve “Done xyz for 20 years,” doesn’t make you automatically good at it. Investing the time is important but it’s not a crock-pot where you set it for 10 hours, walk away, and get a delicious meal when you come back.
1 minute of practicing deadlifts > 1 month of reading about the perfect deadlift
Think of something today that you want to really improve upon and just see if there’s something you can do differently that might accelerate that improvement or leave you with an even better result (improving efficiency or effectiveness).
Don’t discount the importance of investing a significant amount of time to acquire and eventually master a skill, but don’t rely on time alone to take you to mastery–you need to pursue it aggressively and be willing to change for something better regardless of whatever emotional attachment you might have to “doing it the way we’ve always done it.”
Better every day,