250 Improv: Passion, Precision and Enthusiasm

A friend of mine said he couldn’t dance. Nonsense. Everyone can dance. Qualifying it he said “I’m a bad dancer.” The optimist in me gets annoyed when someone says they’re “bad” at something. Why not say, “I’m not very good at that thing.”? Or better, “I’m not good at that, yet.”

If there’s a scale of “good to bad” can’t we, with similar meaning, have a scale of “good to not good yet.”?

Or maybe, “good to better.”

With dancing, if you’re attempting anything at all, I’ll give you a “good”

There are, of course, better dancers. Art is subjective. Maybe we can’t agree on what’s best, or even what should be in the top ten. But, we can clearly discern when something is “better” than something else.

So what’s the difference between good and better?  

Passion, Precision and Enthusiasm.

To be better at something you need all three. Two you can fake. (It’s difficult to fake passion.)

You’ve heard that the way to get better at anything is through practice. If you’re passionate about something you’ll make the time and dedicate yourself to practice. You’ll be precise in the skills you’re learning. You’ll approach the act of doing with enthusiasm.

Think of anything that you’re “not good at.” You’re missing one of those three elements.

Let’s look at dancing. That phrase “dance like no one’s watching,” is trying pump up your enthusiasm. “Practice practice practice,” is honing your precision. “Feel the beat and let it move you,” that’s passion.

 

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