Learn While Doing Things (Better)

Learning is a meta skill for thriving, growing, and doing better. When you don’t learn, you stay stuck and repeat the same mistakes. While learning might not be as urgent as performing tasks, producing output and meeting deadlines, it’s just as important.

Your performance is at its lowest when you’re purely performing or purely learning. You’re most likely to succeed when you have the ideal mix of both.

In episode 69 of The Incrementalist, you will learn:

1) Chronic performance is counterproductive

2) The difference between having a fixed mindset and a growth mindset

3) 7 big ideas from Eduardo Briceño’s book, The Performance Paradox, to break out of chronic performance and turn the power of mindset into action

Big Idea #1: Chronic performance does not improve performance. (Progress toward success is rarely a straight line.)

Big Idea #2: Integrate learning into your work and life. (The Learning Zone and Performance Zone are two states of mind for different purposes.)

Big Idea #3: Combine the Learning Zone and the Performance Zone so you can learn while doing. (This is different from learning by doing, which is repeating an experience without reflecting on it.)

Big Idea #4: Use different learning strategies to improve performance. (Briceño provides 6 to try.)

Big Idea #5: Know the different types of mistakes and how and when to make, avoid, and respond to them. (Briceño divides them into four types: Aha-Moment Mistakes, Stretch Mistakes, Sloppy Mistakes and High-Stakes Mistakes.)

Big Idea #6: Understand the realities of having a growth mindset and integrating the learning process. (Briceño explains 6 common misconceptions.)

Big Idea #7: Build a strong growth propeller by attending to five elements: identity, purpose, beliefs, habits and community. (You can have one integrated identity with different responsibilities or multiple identities that involve your different roles in life. Ultimately, they should all encourage learning.)

4) I’m making an online course currently titled The Busyness Trap: How to Escape Overload and Focus on What Matters. To get updates on the course launch and registration process, subscribe to my e-newsletter or The Incrementalist YouTube channel or podcast.

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Dyan Williams is a solo lawyer who practices U.S. immigration law and legal ethics at Dyan Williams Law PLLC. She is also a productivity coach who helps busy professionals and business owners reduce overwhelm, turn their ideas into action, and focus on what matters. She is the author of The Incrementalist: A Simple Productivity System to Create Big Results in Small Steps.


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