Saturday, October 26, 2013

Failure

     After much research on my genres of music, I have concluded that I will not be able to accomplish my set goal. My original goal was to learn how to play a set 6 genres of music, and the genres of music that I have chosen to play are not feasible goals within the time period that I have until my presentation. I am a very black and white person, meaning that I look at things in success or failure, which is a character flaw. I have come to realize that in this 20 Time project, I thought I was going to fail once I found out how long it would take to learn these genres of music. I was distraught, because I was called 'The Determinator', meaning that with my determination, I could do anything I wanted, but I'd run into my failure. 
    
     Since I was so devastated, I googled 20 Time. After reading up on it, I had a realization. Learning 6 genres of music was my measurable goal, but it's not the purpose. The purpose of 20 Time is not what I can accomplish and show off how awesome I am, it's about how I got there and what I learned getting to where I finish when I give my presentation. I am going to continue to learn genres of music, but I'm going to let go of my goals  of learning to play Blues Improv and Spanish guitar. These two genres will likely take a decade to learn, and I have 28 or so weeks left. I am too novice of a guitarist to attempt to learn two of the hardest genres of music on the guitar in less than 30 weeks. I am finally going to think "gray", which is a big change for me. I am going to fail at my goal for my project, but I am going to succeed in my purpose. 

6 comments:

  1. Brilliant! Not only is the 20% Project about the learning, but it's also about the struggle, which you have very clearly documented here. The struggle is really, really, really tough for all of us to get, and it seems as though you're starting to get it. Good luck improving your guitar playing in the next 30 weeks!

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    1. Thank You! I am very glad that I was able to make this connection, and am eager to keep leaning the guitar! The struggle is only a lesson to be learned, and I feel that I still have many more ahead of me! Thanks again!

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  2. Great insight here, I am a history teacher in Minnesota and I also have 20 time with my students (I call it Genius Hour, but it is the same premise). I hope you don't mind that I show your post to my classes because I have some who are "black and white" as well and I feel this post would help them get over a mental roadblock that some are facing right now.

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    1. Please do show them this post!! I am so happy that I am able to provide inspiration and some guidance! The more people I can help the better! I wish all of your students the best of luck in Genius Hour!

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  3. Seems to me the purpose of the project is for you to learn what you want to learn. I guess it is serendipitous that you learned a lot about yourself in the process. I suspect that learning to play the guitar will be the least valuable thing you will learn in this process if you continue to reflect like this.

    Mr. C
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    1. Thank you! I will continue to reflect and keep in mind the purpose of my 20 Time project, but playing the guitar is also a skill I have been eager to learn. Thanks again!

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