Frustration Is The Best Part

We have a new motto during my sons’ piano practice time:
The frustration is the best part.
That’s how you know you’re learning.
It’s one of the most important life skills we all need to get better at: our children, our students, and ourselves. Seth Godin calls it “dancing with fear.”
Music lessons are a great way to experience and get used to this feeling, over and over again. Every time you’ve mastered a piece or a concept, turn the page and get frustrated all over again.
It hurts to watch others, especially your own children, feel the frustration. But getting good at facing the frustration and the subsequent learning is the best preparation we can get for a life of achieving, exploring, and making.

As a parent, and as a teacher, it’s my job to have the long view on their behalf.


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