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This past weekend I completed my Active Release Technique Full Body Certification. It was a long weekend in which I learned a lot.

That being said, I am not here today to give a review of the course, tell you what I learned, or explain how learning A.R.T. can help save the world.

save the world, just like this???

What I wanted to talk about today was something I experienced early on in my education and have since spoken to many fellow students who feel the same way. It’s what I like to call the learn more= feel dumb phenomenon. Makes no sense, right? You would think that learning more about a topic or trade would make you feel smarter.

On the surface, learning more makes us smarter, more competent, and more confident in our craft.

However, something happens when we try to expand our knowledge: We lose confidence by comparing ourselves to the teachers/instructors. 

Early on, I would attend seminars and after the weekend was over, I would have this feeling that compared to the instructor, I knew nothing and was totally worthless. The instructor just had so much knowledge to give and watching them work on a patient was an art (get it? art. A.R.T, Active Release Technique???) in itself. In fact, I once had a conversation with another student at a seminar who I look up to and who has taught me a ton himself. He said, “This guy is so smart, I feel like  I am doing my patient’s a disservice by even treating them.”

I used to share this sentiment. But, I got to a point where I realized I needed to flip the switch. I needed to leave a seminar empowered with the knowledge I learned. To be frank, I had to learn to be more selfish. I realized that it isn’t about me compared to the instructor. Really, it’s me compared to me.

This paradigm shift if you will, most definitely changed my outlook and has since left me leaving seminars happy and empowered. Now it’s easy. When I step back, all I need to do is ask myself two simple questions:

1)Do I know more now than I did before this weekend?


2)Will my patient’s benefit from what I have learned?

If I can answer “yes” to these two questions, everything else can be thrown out the window because I am satisfied. Satisfied until the next seminar…

Until next time, have a great day!