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A mistake we make with children (and adults)....

Kurt Vonnegut: (Writer and Author)
“When I was 15, I spent a month working on an archeological dig. I was
talking to one of the archeologists one day during our lunch break and
he asked those kinds of “getting to know you” questions you ask young
people: Do you play sports? What’s your favorite subject? And I told
him, no I don’t play any sports. I do theater, I’m in choir, I play the
violin and piano, I used to take art classes.
And he went WOW. That’s amazing! And I said, “Oh no, but I’m not any
good at ANY of them.”
And he said something then that I will never forget and which absolutely
blew my mind because no one had ever said anything like it to me before:
“I don’t think being good at things is the point of doing them. I think
you’ve got all these wonderful experiences with different skills, and
that all teaches you things and makes you an interesting person, no
matter how well you do them.”
And that honestly changed my life. Because I went from a failure,
someone who hadn’t been talented enough at anything to excel, to someone
who did things because I enjoyed them. I had been raised in such an
achievement-oriented environment, so inundated with the myth of Talent,
that I thought it was only worth doing things if you could “Win” at them.”

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