Three Rules of Growth

I would like to propose three rules of growth:
The more you enjoy something, the more of it you will do.
The more you do something, the better at it you will get.
The more you can draw on the experiences of others, the less you will plateau.

Some new skills can be mastered in a day. Others take years or a lifetime. The longer it takes to master, the more essential it is to enjoy the process. No matter how badly you want to reach your goal, the process can’t be rushed. So to remain motivated to get there, you have to find joy in the doing. And trust that the longer you do it, the better you will get. Of course, growth is a lot easier with help. Peers and teachers with experience doing and helping can greatly improve your results.

Students generally think in the immediate. Teachers should think long-term. For kids to become good at something, it is essential that they find enjoyment in it first.

Categorized as Music

By Patrick Blim-Hockberger

Greetings! I am a Denver-based music educator specializing in musical creativity and design. At the University of Illinois I earned my Master of Music Education and at Northwestern University I earned my BM in Music Composition and MA in Sound Arts & Industries. At the Chicago Park District I taught preschool music, voice, piano, guitar, and wrote and music directed children’s musicals. Prior to that I interned at 98.7 WFMT, coached middle school track & field, and worked for composer Paul Caldwell at the Youth Choral Theater of Chicago.