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I Don’t Know What I’m Doing

First of all, I’m trying to study.  Really I am.  But I’m getting old and bored with it, so I thought I’d talk about something I know a lot about: Not knowing what I’m doing.

I love Degas.  I had a chance to see some of his original works at d’Orsay when I went to Paris. He said the following: “Only when he no longer knows what he is doing does the painter do good things.” 

The other day as I think I shared on one of my blogs, I met with 9 students to discuss a new book project at Butler.  But, it’s a book type I’ve never written before.  So, having one book a success with students, and another a not so successful venture, I was good for giving a lot of disclaimers in the meeting – one of which was “I don’t know what I’m doing – I’ve never written this type of book before.”

To which, one of the students replied, “It will be OK, Dr. Albert.”

After reading Degas’ quote, I’m feeling a little better.  Maybe even more hopeful that this particular project will turn out even better than I could have ever predicted.  I hope it applies to books.

Now, if I could just get that mojo on my upcoming finals….!

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