What do people do who are interested in learning? They search for people and experiences that offer different perspectives, sometimes unconventionally so. On June 16, 2015, the Seattle Seahawks opened up the team’s mini-camp with a focus on learning. Finding Mastery guest, Kai Kight, shared his craft and his story of facing fear and developing insight on a performing mindset.
Kai describes his initial fears towards performance as a “what if” game:
“What if i forget the music?”
“What if i trip into the front row?”
“What if everyone hates the music and boos me off stage?”
A turning point came when he received some advice from a music instructor:
“A technical mistake is nothing in comparison to the true purpose of what you do and what separates the greats is not an ability to avoid mistakes, but an awareness to quickly adjust those mistakes without commotion.”
Kai also believes he initially had a naive view on what mastery meant.
“Instead of viewing it as perfection all the time, mastery could simply be act of coming back to focus, an act of storing a mistake for the future, and quickly and quietly coming back to the present moment, to the forces I can control.”
Kai also talks about improving his practice routine, adding chaos to align it more closely with his actual performances. This included turning on background music and beginning on the wrong note to see how quickly he could shift back to the right starting position.
From this, he began to view practice as an opportunity to develop confidence in the midst of chaos.
Kai leaves the Seahawks with a final thought on his true purpose,
“To connect with people emotionally and tell a story- I will not allow one wrong note to get in the way of that.”