On being productively stupid

I picked this up on Susan Garrett’s Blog this morning.  It is an excerpt from a research article written by Martin Schwartz entitled The importance of stupidity in scientific research.

“One of the beautiful things about science is that it allows us to bumble along, getting it wrong time after time, and feel perfectly fine as long as we learn something each time. No doubt, this can be difficult for students who are accustomed to getting the  answers right. No doubt, reasonable levels of confidence and  emotional resilience help, but I think scientific education might do more to ease what is a very big transition: from learning what other people once discovered to making your own discoveries. The more comfortable we become with being stupid, the deeper we will wade into the unknown and the more likely we are to make big discoveries.”

As Susan writes, “As dog trainers we can’t think that we must always have all the answers, we can’t be afraid to fail, and we must let go of the visualization of being perfect.”

I don’t know how many times I’ve written about how incredibly stupid I have been or can be when it comes to training my dogs.  I don’t know why I expect to be perfect.  No one is perfect. Unfortunately I do not have a lot of confidence or emotional resilience, but maybe it will come in time.  What I think is important is that I continue to learn from my mistakes and I eventually make progress.

Speaking of progress: here it is noon already and I’ve got very little done.  I think I’m going to listen to my body and lie down on the couch for a little while and see what happens.  Then I’ll take the dogs out for a walk and come back in and try to get some house cleaning done.

Until later …