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Yikes Zone Excerpt

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This is from Mermer Blakesee's book.
post #2 of 6
thanks LM, that's a good read.
post #3 of 6
Good reading, I'll look for the book this weekend. Thanks.
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Mermer did a presentation for us tonight at the Highlands.

I've never seen her "act". She is really sharp and really funny. She is also really fair and really accurate.

She mainly talked about the issue of training for performance versus training for learning. Learning to learn and learning to perform are vastly different issues and we mix them up a lot.

Her other wonderful point is her work with "the point of failure". It is when a person finally takes action to the point of failing--develops clarity and awareness around that failure--that learning really happens.

People's knowledge that learning is about failure creates this huge fear--which essentially becomes fear of learning.

She says very simply that failure is the goal. Failure is the data from which the learning comes.

Horst Abraham said a similar thing years ago when he said that awareness of inadequacy is the prime motivator for lesson taking. (Duhh!)

Anyway, get and read Mermer's book. She writes exquisitely, and my guess is that this book will be a classic.
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<BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>People's knowledge that learning is about failure creates this huge fear--which essentially becomes fear of learning <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

YES!!! Its that point where you lose your elegance, upsetting that overly guarded need to always be "poetry in motion". {tongue firmly in cheek}

The "Fall from Grace" perhaps hurts the hardest. Much safer to stay where it all looks oh so very pretty.

Is perpetual intermediatism based on a fear of losing a limb, or one's dignity?

I've re-read the excerpt a few times. What struck me, is how fear is relative to each individual. my first sucessful ski lesson happened when I was terrified to even let the skis glide.

My instructor was asking me questions about my work. When I told him about the things I did on the stability ball, he told me that he felt that was terrifying!
I laughed so hard I skied!

My own failings as an instructor, have occured when I just could not empathize with someone's fear of even sitting on a stability ball, or standing on a core board.
Ironically, some of these people were advanced skiers.

Go Figure!

Really need to catch MB at Windham next year!
post #6 of 6
Yeah, make a point out of it. She's really fun and funny and she understands very deeply.

I also believe she has an enormous intelligence that is well served by her writing skills.
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