Eduardo Briceño: How to get better at the things you care about
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to do our best at whatever we do,
at the things I cared most about,
much at those things
I've had and from research
some insights into why that is
is that the most effective people
alternating between two zones:
and the performance zone.
is when our goal is to improve.
designed for improvement,
we haven't mastered yet,
to make mistakes,
when we're in our performance zone,
as best as we can, to execute.
on what we have already mastered
should be part of our lives,
when we want to be in each of them,
and better improve.
our immediate performance,
maximizes our growth
all of our time in the performance zone.
also our performance.
and lawyer in ancient Greece.
he didn't spend all his time
designed for improvement.
with guidance from mentors,
involved persuading other people,
of involuntarily lifting his shoulder,
in front of a mirror,
with stones in his mouth.
were very noisy,
above the roar of the waves.
from his activities in court,
calls deliberate practice.
abilities into component skills,
we're working to improve,
to a high level of challenge
with repetition and adjustments,
of a skilled coach,
designed for improvement
know what those activities are
in the learning zone
that after the first couple of years
in teaching, general medicine,
we have become good enough,
in the learning zone.
on just doing our job,
a great way to improve.
to spend time in the learning zone
the goal of improvement.
solicit feedback and reflect.
not playing games of chess,
grand masters made and analyzing them.
many, many, many hours
on typing 10 to 20 percent faster
what mistakes we're making
in the performance zone?
that the performance zone has no value.
I didn't tell the surgeon,
and focus on what you don't know."
who I felt would do a good job,
as best as we can.
to identify what to focus on next
and the performance zone,
in the learning zone,
in the performance zone.
she's in her performance zone,
gets back to the hotel room,
into her learning zone.
of the show that just ended.
and her camera staff.
with what to adjust,
before the next performance.
and when we seek to perform,
to spend time doing both,
in the learning zone,
more time in the learning zone?
to improve at that particular skill.
about how to improve,
the guitar as a teenager,
in a low-stakes situation,
must not be catastrophic,
new tricks without a net underneath,
to first try a new move
in the performance zone
often are, unnecessarily, high stakes.
to be all about learning,
about standardized tests.
schools through colleges
others will think less of them.
necessary for learning.
that mistakes are undesirable
are eager to hear just correct answers
rather than welcome and examine them
more exploratory thinking
has a number or a letter on it,
mistakes, feedback and revision,
that school is a performance zone.
I often see flawless execution cultures
to encourage great work.
to stay within what they know
to innovate and improve,
to execute and minimize mistakes?
about what success is,
in a chronic high-stakes setting
start those conversations yet?
that we can still do as individuals.
in an otherwise high-stakes sea.
have little consequence.
a mentor or a trusted colleague
or have vulnerable conversations
meetings as projects progress.
or watch videos or take online courses.
and perform as we're expected,
we could do better next time,
and adjustment is a learning zone.
by sharing what we want to get better at,
about what we don't know,
and by sharing our mistakes
can feel safe to do the same.
modeling ongoing learning.
our lives doing, doing, doing,
and when we seek to perform,
can become more consequential,
ABOUT THE SPEAKEREduardo Briceño - Learning expert
Eduardo Briceño is a learner, leader, speaker and writer devoted to enabling a more learning-oriented world.
Why you should listen
Eduardo Briceño leads Mindset Works, the leading provider of growth mindset training services and programs for schools and businesses. It helps organizations cultivate learning-oriented cultures and systems. He started it in 2007 with the foremost growth mindset researcher, Carol Dweck Ph.D., and education expert Lisa Blackwell Ph.D. Prior to his current role, he was a Principal at the Sprout Group, a venture capital firm in Silicon Valley.
Briceño regularly speaks at national and international conferences and in-house trainings for educators, professionals, and leaders. His TEDx talk, "The power of belief," is widely used to introduce teachers, students and professionals to the growth mindset, and his TED Talk, "How to get better at the things you care about," differentiates performance vs. improvement behaviors. He has been quoted and featured in prominent media, such as Education Week, NPR, The Guardian, The Huffington Post, KQED MindShift, Entrepreneur and Inc.
Briceño grew up in Caracas, Venezuela, before moving to the US when he was in high school. He now lives with his wife in San Jose, California. He holds Bachelor's degrees in economics and engineering from the University of Pennsylvania, as well as an MBA and an MA in Education from Stanford University. Most important, he continues to enjoy lifelong learning every day.
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