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2011 January 24
by Stanley Quan

During a trip to Tahoe this past weekend, I learned that sometimes, fearlessness can aid learning.

I snowboarded for the second time ever and soon figured out that I had a much easier time learning the sport when I took to the slopes without fear. Perhaps that’s why younger kids seem to learn faster. They don’t know enough and thus don’t have much to fear.

I think experience becomes a sort of crutch at a certain point in learning. By knowing more, predispositions can close you off from fully committing to learn.

In snowboarding, I feared falling hard and hurting myself. But I was able to learn much faster once I put this aside and just went for it.

(Photo by Michelle Wu)

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