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Hitting a professional developmental wall isn’t unusual. Studies show that once people reach a certain level of expertise in their fields, they stop improving. According to learning consultant Eduardo Briceño, continual growth requires taking periodic breaks from the “performance zone” to enter the “learning zone” – that is, taking time out to practice, explore, adjust and refine your skills. getAbstract believes learning and development professionals and employees of all stripes who wish to hone their expertise will benefit from Briceño’s insightful talk.

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Learning consultant Eduardo Briceño co-founded Mindset Works, a company that promotes learning and growth.



Despite your best efforts, you may not necessarily continue to improve doing the activities you most enjoy. In fact, you may find that your expertise plateaus. To sharpen your skills, you need to vary your time between the “learning zone” and the “performance zone.” In the learning zone, you focus on the aspects you have yet to master. You expect to err and learn from your mistakes. In the performance zone, you execute to the best of your ability. Although growth happens in the learning zone, most people eventually drift into the performance zone, where their progress stagnates.

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