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Collecting Rubber Ducks and the Path to Mastery

Long before she became a professor, Charlotte Lee became a Guinness World Record holder for World’s Largest Rubber Duck Collection….somewhere in the 5-6 thousand range….just see a portion of it for yourself:

Charlotte collection

Charlotte Lee is a “reasonably successful” Assistant Professor at the University of Washington and is considered to be an expert in her field. However, in order to become an expert she first had to learn how to become an expert at all. While she learned a lot from her professors about how to BE an expert, her real education in terms of how to BECOME an expert was through collecting rubber duckies. Here, Charlotte talks about different elements of mastery as they play out in duck collecting but that can be applied to any area of expertise:

Those are great words of wisdom from the master of duck collecting, indeed! Bravo, Charlotte!


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