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Old March 3, 2021, 02:38 AM
EricC EricC is offline
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Default Dancing Away the Challenges of Perfectionism

You mention the carpet weavers and the intentional flaw. Exactly how I learned then taught Argentine Tango. Using that same example!

Love the beauty in the flaw!

btw: My mother says her biggest surprise in her life was my taking up dancing. Haha!

The funny thing is dancing terrified me my entire life until I tried it in my mid-forties. Yet I even ended up teaching! Until Covid anyway. All these pearls of wisdom we hear regarding dealing with fear, goals, success, etc. worked on the dance floor.

Why was learning Argentine Tango easier for me than creating/writing content for an online business?

You said it. Play! Authentic playfulness is the secret sauce.

Wine, beautiful women in elegant dresses, classy music, and new friends made learning tango fun. Even though it was hard work. Frustrating even. Yet, still a lot of fun.

Well once I got over being scarred to death of asking women to dance. I would physically shake then sweat from nerves will dancing. Goodness. The ladies were gracious and patient with my learning curve.

Enjoying laughing at my mistakes was another big secret.

Learning to find the fun, playful, energy in blogging and creating info-products is proving to be key for me once again. My wife won't go for having dozens of women dancing through my office so I gotta figure out alternatives.

Thanks Dien!


Originally Posted by Dien Rice View Post
Hi Eric,

That's a great attitude!

It makes me think of those traditional carpet weavers... The ones that would purposely stitch a flaw into the carpet design... It was a reminder that only the Eternal One is perfect...

Perfectionism can be very paralyzing... It can hold people back more than they realize - especially in entrepreneurial activities!

I do think one "solution" is to start playing...

When you were a kid, you were playing... You didn't care about things being "perfect"... You just wanted to have some fun...

Being able to recapture that kind of attitude, I believe, can also help...

Best wishes!

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