So, a couple of Fridays ago I injured my right wrist snowboarding in Breckenridge, Colorado, and the doctor put a cast around my arm because I got a hairline fracture in the bone connecting to the wrist. Given that I do not have the dominant hand available for use anymore, I had to get by without it for the last two weeks, and will continue to do so for weeks to come. As a result, I had to learn how to do several things left-handed, and that got me thinking about Obtiva's culture of Continuous Learning and how it benefited the process.
Normally, I would have been discouraged and handicapped for weeks, probably using my injury as an excuse not to do some tasks and constantly complain. Given the new habits ingrained in me after being with Obtiva for 5 years now, I surprised myself by having a totally different attitude:
"Why should learning anything with my left hand be any different from learning a new language, library, or technology? Couldn't I follow the same process of gradual learning with "beginner's mind" (as mentioned in Dave Hoover's book Apprenticeship Patterns)?"
And so I did, and as a result, I learned how to do quite a few things with my left hand that I could not do with it before:
Drumming with one hand: