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The Personal Renaissance Mindset- Part 2- Podcast #56

We’re back for part 2 of The Personal Renaissance Mindset. This is where we talk about how to cultivate a family culture that encourages lifelong learning and creating! You can find the Personal Renaissance Mindset part 1 episode here!



The “Personal Renaissance” mindset came out of a conversation Deanna had with her husband. They were talking about how people sometimes have a mid-life-crisis but they were going to have a mid-life Renaissance instead!!

Elements of A Personal Renaissance Mindset

We covered key points 1 (A love of learning) and 2 (An Accurate Understanding of “Expert”) in the previous episode. Here’s the rest of our thoughts on how to cultivate a Personal Rennaissance mindset:

3. Practice Trumps Natural Talent

  • Never make having a “natural talent” for something be the deciding factor for if you pursue it or not!
    • Because skills come from practice, anyone can learn anything! Yes, natural talent combined with lots of practice can yield phenomenal results- but we don’t have to be phenomenal to make working on the skill worthwhile.
  • Often what looks like natural talent in others is really a deep interest and curiosity for a subject. That curiosity drives a person to spend time on it and pushes them past the doldrums of practice, practice, practice.
  • All the things we have passion for, have dull moments. Practice is hard work, even if you are passionate. Finding dull moments doesn’t mean you don’t have the passion anymore.
    • It’s good to communicate to our children (and ourselves) and it’s going to take a lot of time to become really good at something. We all find moments in our journey that we become discouraged. Push past that!
  • Be willing to value the process over the results. The only way to go forward is to go through the hard work, which requires patience.
  • The willingness to do the work wins over natural talent.

PR Mindset Hurdles:

  • Imposter Syndrom: feeling like “who am I to think I could become a _______?” It turns out that all people are still just people.
  • The Comparison Trap: Don’t compare your first try with an expert’s results. We all have to start somewhere. You have to be willing to produce a “bad first draft” before you’ll ever write a book. Comparing yourself to others is almost never helpful, so stop doing it!
  • Perfectionism: “You don’t have to be great to start, but you do have to start to be great” – Zig Zigler
  • Expectations: Be careful with expectations.
    • A passion for something doesn’t mean we already have skills.
    • Continue to be full of grace for yourself and others! Let people be full of expertise AND let them not know a thing. Share what you know AND be willing to say when you don’t know. It’s ok to know AND it’s ok NOT to know- we just want to keep learning from each other!

4. Using Good Judgment

  • Be gentle with what you know. There are two extremes to avoid:
    • 1) Being a know-it-all and making others feel bad for not knowing
    • 2) Pretending not to know anything so no one feels bad for not knowing or so no one calls you a ‘teacher’s pet’ or equivalent.
  • The key is to have our hearts in the right place. Knowledge doesn’t make us superior or inferior. We all have something to offer and contribute.
  • Be willing and able to learn from people who have different views from you. Learn how to pick through and glean the truth from a variety of sources. Be able to talk to a wide variety of people and glean from their experiences.

Practical Tips

  • Be aware of what you don’t know. Start learning and be on the lookout for what you don’t know. The Classical Model of Education is great for this! (episodes #23-27 and 43)
  • If you’ve been out of the habit of learning and creating, get back in it! It’s never too late to start being curious.
  • We have an entertainment-based culture that tends to over-value entertainment. It’s tempting to think that whatever we’re learning must be public, marketable, or look cool when posted on facebook. However, learning and creating have intrinsic value.

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