Why Noobs Win

(photo by Marco Beinbrech: my friend Francois during our trip in Laos – currently noobing his way to a CA designation at PwC and building an emerging marine tech company with his big sis.)

Because they are fresh, they don’t act like gurus and they absorb their surroundings with a beginner state of mind. They realize that to move forward they’re going to make mistakes, so they might as well hurry up and make them.

The gurus are the one’s who won’t take a step backwards; they are done with making mistakes and enjoy the comfort of thinking they know, but that is a mistake. Teachers are especially susceptible to this, and must realize it.

Noobs learn more, more than the master who know’s everything. Strive to be a more experienced noob because masters don’t exist.

As I was writing this post, @Slaven began following me on Twitter. His bio reads:

Congratulations on being a noob @Slaven. Funny how that happened.

Have you ever found yourself graduating to guru status?

9 comments
Malaika Mendes
Malaika Mendes

This reminds me of a milk commercial "Always Grow, Grow Always"...and do you know what? I f***ing love milk. For me, one of the hardest things in the world is to not know what I'm doing, and one of the most rewarding things is to learn something new. So, to me, happiness and success actually start with feeling horribly overwhelmed and inadequate but sticking it out because eventually i'll suck less at a lot of things and hopefully become a horribly interesting person.

Judzter
Judzter

This is a great post Robin! There's definitely soooo much to learn... when people call themselves a "master" it's more for marketing purposes. Ha! I concur that there is no such thing as a master in the sense that the person has reached his/her fullest potential and that the task at hand is accomplished at it’s fullest potential. A few reasons are: There is no one way to accomplish one thing, “fullest potential” is subjective and abstract, “fullest potential” is constantly evolving and being redefined and re-understood…

Ego is terrible and inhibiting to growth as you’ve pointed out. I asked my friend once who’s studying entrepreneurship what’s one of the biggest mistakes businesses make that cause them to fall to their miserable end… she responded: “Thinking they’re the best” and therefore not being willing to explore, change, renew themselves.

I particularly love this post of yours because it reminds us to keep exploring

Slaven
Slaven

Thanks Robin! I really need to update my twitter bio, over the past year I've discovered a whole bunch of things I'm not an expert at... And loving it.

Natalia Delgado Avila
Natalia Delgado Avila

Things brings to mind two of my favourite quotes:

"Yo solo sé que no sé nada".- Sócrates

"Some people will never learn anything, for this reason, because they understand everything too soon". -Alexander Pope

(Being called a guru is kinda cool though =P )

Robin Campbell
Robin Campbell

I couldn't agree more. So when's the next time we're going to travel the world, get terribly overwhelmed, learn some weird stuff, and get totally interesting?

Robin Campbell
Robin Campbell

Thanks for sharing Judz! I totally agree about "fullest potential" - the unattainable goal that's worth the journey.

Your friend is right on there. Those companies won't exist long at all. There's too many hungry new startups that are agile, pivoting to sneak up and snatch those markets - as they should!

Robin Campbell
Robin Campbell

Haha Cheers Slaven! Lookin forward to the update. Do you dabble in producing? I saw ableton on there.

Noobing-up my DJ skills is on my to-do list.

Robin Campbell
Robin Campbell

It is nice to get your ego stroked every now and then :)

Natalia's last line was about her doing a workshop with Poster for Tomorrow at a university in Ghana. The students created a promo poster calling her a design guru, but I'd say she's more of a noob.

Nice quotes! Very thoughtful. For any non spanish readers, “Yo solo sé que no sé nada” translates to: "I only know that I know nothing."

In the grand scheme of things it can feel like you know nothing, and at times even though you feel like you know nothing, you can have knowledge that no one else has, in your immediate presence. It's best to never discount what you know and openly share it with others, it's all relative to your environment. The key is to remove your ego, and realize learning is limitless. Unfortunately time is not, so choose what you learn wisely!

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