Chris Hadfield: Early success is a terrible teacher

Early success is a terrible teacher. You’re essentially being rewarded for a lack of preparation, so when you find yourself in a situation where you must prepare, you can’t do it. You don’t know how.

– Chris Hadfield in An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth, p. 100

I know this one from my own experience – in more than one area of life. The remedy is (a) a more realistic perception: many others are more skilled and experienced than me, and it’s always possible to be more skilled and experienced. (b) Seeing that it’s not personal, it’s life expressing itself. And (c) doing what’s required to continue to do the tasks well and improve my skills and experience.

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