Doing versus Being

22 Oct

“It is actually easy to learn about doing. It is harder to learn about being. If you’re learning to use calculus or to fly an airplane, you don’t want to have to start from scratch; you want to learn from others and follow the road already paved. But most of life is about learning to be ourselves, and to “learn to be” is about figuring out what we take as a truth — those ways we just “know”. To unlearn, we need to get good at seeing and naming those ways. Unlearning is harder than learning, but it’s crucial to do … because innovation and creativity are rarely about doing more of the same.”

This excerpt came from Nilofer Merchant’s reflection on her TEDGlobal talk. It was an inspiration to my day.

What inspired you today?

2 Responses to “Doing versus Being”

  1. Maria Tettamanti October 22, 2012 at 5:21 pm #

    I went for a morning jog in NJ’s crisp temps and felt SUPER inspired:)

    • Elizabeth October 22, 2012 at 5:24 pm #

      Love it! Are you heading anywhere else in the Northeast?? Say…Boston?

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