The Answer-Free Zone (0:49) I start to squirm whenever I’m in a conversation where the person I’m talking to has all the answers—especially “over-ripe” showbiz people who have amassed their 10,000 hours. Once they begin speaking in a way that is “sure and absolute,” it becomes clearly obvious that it’s not a lack of talent or ability that keeps them stuck, it’s all that puffed-up, righteous knowledge from past experiences that prevents them from moving forward in their career. And try as you might, it’s very challenging to present new options or ideas to someone who has a boatload of answers and a string of marginal successes to back it up—yet are still trying to figure out how to breakthrough to the next level. I know it’s obvious that as we grow in knowledge and experience, we also grow in confidence. However, it’s also equally true that “overconfidence” can be just as much of a career killer as a lack of confidence. Overconfidence provokes arrogance and entitlement, which these days, is so transparent, it makes everyone else squirm but the person who has it!I learned from the great sage Suziki, to always remain in a “beginners mind,” no matter how much knowledge or experience we stockpile. Therefore, I think the taller we stand in an “answer-free zone,” and the more we remain a flexible, perpetual student of showbiz, the more we can see clearly the extraordinary, new opportunities and possibilities that are opening up all around us, as the industry we love continues to transform and grow before our very eyes.
J Michael Dolan

The Answer-Free Zone (0:49)

I start to squirm whenever I’m in a conversation where the person I’m talking to has all the answers—especially “over-ripe” showbiz people who have amassed their 10,000 hours. Once they begin speaking in a way that is “sure and absolute,” it becomes clearly obvious that it’s not a lack of talent or ability that keeps them stuck, it’s all that puffed-up, righteous knowledge from past experiences that prevents them from moving forward in their career. And try as you might, it’s very challenging to present new options or ideas to someone who has a boatload of answers and a string of marginal successes to back it up—yet are still trying to figure out how to breakthrough to the next level.

I know it’s obvious that as we grow in knowledge and experience, we also grow in confidence. However, it’s also equally true that “overconfidence” can be just as much of a career killer as a lack of confidence. Overconfidence provokes arrogance and entitlement, which these days, is so transparent, it makes everyone else squirm but the person who has it!

I learned from the great sage Suziki, to always remain in a “beginners mind,” no matter how much knowledge or experience we stockpile. Therefore, I think the taller we stand in an “answer-free zone,” and the more we remain a flexible, perpetual student of showbiz, the more we can see clearly the extraordinary, new opportunities and possibilities that are opening up all around us, as the industry we love continues to transform and grow before our very eyes.


COMMENTS


Posted By Kingvegas
No know it alls please.
Yes- I know many musicians that preach the gospel of lost dreams and mediocrity. I'm learning to seek a path around them on my way to a higher level of existence. My favorite recent quote is "we're too old and too fat" to play at a higher level. I'm the same weight I was in high school 30 years ago so speak for yourself! And 50 is the 30 which makes me 28. LOL


Posted By Aaron Wolfson
Knowing versus Observing
Knowing is static, old information. Observing is witnessing new creation manifesting before our eyes. It takes courage to die to the past and to be born into this new, here and now moment.


Posted By Sam
The Answer-Free Zone
Touche'. :-)


Posted By Miles
knowing
"Even if you KNOW the way, ask one more time." —Korean Proverb


Posted By Beth
Anchored to Answers
In one of your blogs you said: “remaining anchored to a dated formula that got you where you’re at, will rarely get you to where you want to go next.” That always stuck with me.


Posted By Sam Stinger
Overconfidence
“If incompetence is the disease of the amateur, overconfidence is the disease of the pro.” —Malcolm Gladwell


Posted By Sue Blues
Answer-Free Life
This is advice not only for showbiz, but for Life in general. Perhaps that is why we each have to find our own answers.

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