I recently was at a reception with a member of our board of trustees who was excusing himself to leave early because he had ukulele lessons!  

He described how his wife purchased him the Hawaiian instrument years ago, and he wasn’t even sure if it was a real instrument or just a prop.  Now he finally found someone who can give him lessons.  As unlikely as it seems, three people in our small town are actually taking ukulele lessons at this time.  They meet in the home of a man whose home has a sign: “Hippies use the side door.”  

“I hate going to lessons,” he said.  “But once I’m there, I have so much fun!”

How many of us put off doing something purely for enjoyment because we don’t want to invest the energy in learning how to do it well.  We want to be masters of things, and forget that learning any new skill is a slow and often frustrating process.  We weren’t a wizard accountant the first time we saw a spreadsheet; we didn’t know how to design a brochure the first time we opened a graphics program and we didn’t know how to wire a house the first time we saw a blueprint.  

Instead of investing all your energy in making yourself better at work, why not make some time to learn something just for the fun of it too.  

— beth triplett

About the Author leadership dots by dr. beth triplett

Dr. beth triplett is the owner of leadership dots, offering coaching, training and consulting for new supervisors. She also shares daily lessons on her leadershipdots blog. Her work is based on the leadership dots philosophy that change happens through the intentional connecting of small steps in the short term to the big picture in the long term.

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