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Chapter 6. Plan > Step 2. Minimize Pitfalls

Step 2. Minimize Pitfalls

“Red Shoes” is the story of a woman who, when she puts on red ballet shoes, dances like a magnificent prima ballerina, but is unable to stop dancing. This metaphor warns that any style we master can be both a blessing and a potential trap.

When we become proficient at anything, we tend to overuse our skill. In childhood, when something works really well, we repeat it. Throughout life, people overuse superior skills even in situations where they are inappropriate; and neglect developing fledgling skills even where they would be most useful. When, irrespective of the resultant outcome, one persists in a stable, predictable behavior, others see this preferred pattern as a personal style.


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