In a recent New York Times article, journalist Karen Rinaldi ruminated on the benefits of sucking at things:
“The notion of sucking at something flies in the face of the overhyped notion of perfectionism. The lie of perfectionism goes something like this: “If I fail, it’s only because I seek perfection.” Or “I can never finish anything because I’m a perfectionist.” Since the perfectionist will settle for nothing less, she is left with nothing…
“By taking off the pressure of having to excel at or master an activity, we allow ourselves to live in the moment.”
In this episode Ben and Brooke dive in to the idea of being OK with not being good at something, and why there is a freedom in accepting that they may never move beyond the mediocre. Brooke talks about the fact that she enjoys things a lot more (like snowboarding, for example) when she lets go of the need to ride like a boss and that there is a lightness and a fun that exists in doing something for the pure joy rather than striving for constant improvement.
They also talk about meditation and why it’s actually incredibly beneficial to not be good at it, as well as the joy and delight that lies in allowing ourselves to be beginners, forever learning.
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