|If true experts can never be satisfied, I feel sorry for them.
I don't know, Lars, but I don't think you really mean this. "Satisfaction" is not, in my opinion, an enviable state of mind. Satisfaction is the end of learning. Satisfaction is laziness and apathy, the cessation of curiosity, and lack of self-respect. As Denver Post
founder Frederick Bonfils, in what is now the slogan of the newspaper and leadoff quote on the editorial page, wrote "There is no hope for the satisfied man."
Dissatisfaction is the seed of growth, the only catalyst for change, the very spark of life!
Happiness, pleasure, brilliance, and delight are not the same as satisfaction, and great skiers certainly embody all of the former, while embracing dissatisfaction. As Weems points out, brilliant skiing need not equate to skiing well.
|To me it doesn't really matter if it's golf, soccer, football, baseball or skiing. It's the size of the smile on the face at the end of the game or the skiing day that defines the true experience.
Tell that to a top level coach! You can have a great time, and smile at the end of the game. But only losers are satisfied with themselves when they know they are capable of more!
Like I said--if you care, it matters. Satisfied people don't take lessons, so they are not the concern of instructors. No one takes a lesson without hoping to gain something from it. And no one should be satisfied with an instructor who doesn't care!