Pencil & eraserI received this story from Eleanor, who reads these weekly tips…

On the bus I chatted to a sweet little girl (unknown to me), reception pupil I reckon. She enthusiastically informed me with a great sense of achievement, combined with relief, “Today we learned rubbing out!” I guess we can sometimes feel relieved, mixed with a sense of achievement, when we know how to rub out….

Can you do ‘rubbing out’?

It applies to life, just as much as work you are doing in class for a teacher. ‘Rubbing out’ gives you this wonderful sense of freedom, of starting again, of fixing mistakes.

But the first step is to check your work BEFORE you hand it in to your teacher, or you hand it in to ‘life’, so you know which bits need rubbing out and fixing.

This week, notice when you are handing something in, when you are committing it, and just before you do, check to see if anything needs rubbing out and fixing.

My best wishes, Paul


By Paul Matthews – Speaker/Author/Expert on Informal Learning and Workforce Capability
Author of bestsellers “Capability at Work: How to Solve the Performance Puzzle
and “Informal Learning at Work: How to Boost Performance in Tough Times
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