Going for It: Woman Warrior

Lesson learned from the Local Natives

Fulfilling a promise to myself to get away for at least part of the holiday weekend,  I took the day off on Saturday before Labor Day and went up to Los Angeles for the FYF festival, which featured one of my favorites, the Local Natives.  

Watching the Local Natives live for the first time in nearly nine months, I was struck by how polished they had become.  When I first saw them last fall, I fell I love with the raw energy of their performance and how they would play their instruments with complete abandon. Now, they played with passion, but also a bit of finesse. 

In the book "Outliers," author Malcolm Gladwell explains how the Beatles become outliers because of  the number of shows they played together in Hamburg, Germany.  Over the last nine months, the Local Natives have criss-crossed the globe performing countless times, to clearly the same effect.  Rather than seeming burned out by the effort, they looked healthy, happy and very much in their element. 

I often forget that competency is a major byproduct of time invested in any particular activity or task. In my own life, I've been so focused on results lately that I've failed to notice the increased ease with which I was achieving them.  Funny that it took a complete departure from my work in order to recognize its true scope. 


Alexis Rodich

 |  September 15, 2010; 6:46 AM ET Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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