My Facebook writer friend, Dana King, used this term to describe an approach for learning from others. Here are some critical times I needed (but didn’t use) this approach:
- A boss told me that my attitude was negative, arrogant, and oppositional. I told him he was wrong.
- A potential agent criticized my script. I told him I wasn’t interested in hearing his suggestions.
- A Grammy-nominated editor suggested removing certain scenes from a film I made. I was convinced my idea was better.
In all these cases, the reaction I chose brought my success to a complete, expensive, painful (and now embarrassing) halt.
Today, I’ll practice “resetting myself to Zero” by
- Letting go of my ego
- Seeking out advice
- Valuing others’ experience
- Hearing without saying but, however, and no