Minisode Monday #65 | The Advantages of Being an Amateur

Welcome to Minisode Monday, where we kick off the week with something quick and actionable — to make you more magnetic and effective — that you can implement right away.

This time we examine why being an amateur sometimes works to your advantage when you’re tackling a problem that all the experts say is unsolvable. Let’s get to it!

The Cheat Sheet:

  • When you’re an amateur trying to solve a problem, you don’t know what doesn’t work.
  • Contrast this with an expert who approaches that same problem as someone who usually has all the answers.
  • When an expert is stumped, the problem remains unsolved. But the amateur, not knowing any better, can often approach the problem from an angle the expert never even considered.
  • Where repetition numbs the expert, an amateur’s relative incompetence begets innovation. Call it beginner’s luck if you like, but no matter how new you are to the banquet, you’ve probably got something to bring to the table.
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Jordan Harbinger - author of 930 posts on The Art of Charm

Jordan Harbinger has spent several years abroad in Europe and the developing world, including South America, Eastern Europe, and the Middle East, and speaks several languages. He has also worked for various governments and NGOs overseas, traveled through war zones, and been kidnapped -- twice. He’ll tell you the only reason he’s still alive and kicking is because of his ability to talk his way into (and out of) just about any type of situation. Here at The Art of Charm, Jordan shares that experience, and the system borne as a result, with students and clients.

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