Even experts need to keep learning!

I am a tuba player. Pure avocation – I play in a community band and have a jazz group too. I’ve played for over 40 years. I’m fairly good, no way near professional status but I can hold my own. Or so I thought. I took a lesson this weekend. I haven’t had a lesson in years. But my trombone friend Audrey said she thought she could help me. And when she demonstrated “my playing style” versus what she thought I could do, I was embarrassed with how much better this other sound was. Something as fundamental as the sound that comes out of the horn could be totally different – what an insight.
A friend of mine has been a society pianist. And yet when he played Rhapsody in Blue with the community band, he took lessons himself to ensure he played at his highest level. How many of us would go back to school, or coaching, to improve something that we thought was already at a high level? It humbles you, and makes you realize how important it is to always be open to growing, to seeking ways to constantly improve, no matter what you do.
Think about what you do in life, for a living, for an avocation, and think about the last time you sought feedback, identified ways to improve, were open to new was of doing things.  We need to keep improving. There’s a quote I really love: The goal of life is to grow til you go!
Be sure to find ways to continue to grow, to open yourself up and find ways to improve even further. Let me know what you discover. And many thanks Audrey – hopefully I’ll become an even better tuba player in the future!


About hprager

Father, husband, brother and son. Delighted to be friends and mentor to so many wonderful people. Passionate about: leadership, learning and development, education, nature and the environment, youth, music, jazz, the tuba, Israeli dancing, networking and helping others, humor, laughter, swimming, hiking, the Cubs, Northwestern athletics, theater, musicals, concerts, traveling and making new friends wherever I go. Helping the world be a better place when I leave it.
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1 Response to Even experts need to keep learning!

  1. Paul Safyan says:

    I liked that you used a non-work example for the idea of growth beyond the comfort zone. As an untrained but irrepressible actor, I seek fulfillment, empathy skills, and better use of my voice and body language through community theater. And I like to keep reading basic articles on training and development skills, not just “advanced” ones.

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