…e in the weeks and months that followed — have cemented it, albeit with a sobering dose of reality. Our abilities, be they motor skills like a tennis swing or social skills like assertiveness, are profoundly malleable, with enormous upward potential and a ceiling we don’t know and can’t predict. But skills are skills, and there is no weeklong exercise or secret hack to short circuit the path to mastery. There’s only one way to get there — and that’s to keep setting up the ball machine.
What a great article, Daniel. Thank you for sharing your story. I related to many of the emotional roadblocks you initially mentioned regarding having difficult conversations. This all changed when I got a job where I had to deliver feedback on a regular basis. It definitely made me more resilient. I see it like a dance — you need to listen to the music first, then decide what the first step should be, and then the next. Sometimes, you may trip. But the more you do it, the easier it becomes. Cheers!