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David Epstein - How Falling Behind Can Get You Ahead

How Failing Back Can Teach You How to Advance in Life

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David Epstein TED Talk - How Falling Behind Can Get You Ahead
David Epstein TED Talk – How Falling Behind Can Get You Ahead
Hello guys, Ian Jay here. I have always felt that the world has placed a value on the hero’s journey. This journey starts as the hero finding a challenge and finally overcoming obstacles to his final triumph and celebration. This is the constant theme in Hollywood movies. Western Culture looks at life as straight line starting with infancy and building on early lessons that will prepare us later in life.The hero faces a challenge. He carries the burden and fights in the struggle against his giants. This fight leads to a high point of loss and sacrifice and ends with him succeeding in the end.

The Narratives that we Tell Ourselves About our Success (and our Failures)

As most of the single line narratives, I am told to be single minded and focused. Never let my mind wander. Study hard. Excel in Academics. For in the end, be rewarded for your hard work.

David Epstein TEDx Manchester - Specializing Early
David Epstein TEDx Manchester – Specializing Early

Sadly, new studies come to surface. I can only see the linear progression of the successful people as they narrate their stories. I may forget that there are a lot more to their stories. There are other details that they might have left out.

One of these details, is that “All journeys are not a straight line but constant ups and down, left and right”. The journey that takes us to constant adjustments into our course. In fact, most great artists, athletes and musicians wander around before they find their “thing”.

Watch this video of David Epstein on “How Falling Behind Can Get You Ahead”. This was delievered in his TEDx Talk in Manchester, England.

David Epstein - How Falling Behind Can Get You Ahead
David Epstein – How Falling Behind Can Get You Ahead

I am not saying that we have to wander around aimlessly. I just found that I have locked myself into straight rules that are beginning to be a burden to my growth. The beginning of 18th till 20th Century, there was only one way to learn. Lessons are memorized and forced. New research reveal that taking the time to absorb and play, fail and try makes “dilly dallying” winners more persistent and passionate.

I am Ian. I am a late bloomer and I will live my life and not have any regrets! (This feels a lot better as a video blog! :D)

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