Further reading into chapter 2 I find that I relate to many of the patterns in this chapter, However, in my reading tonight I felt a specific interest in UnleashYour Enthusiasm. Unleashing Your Enthusiasm is about taking your passion for the work you do and exercising that passion. Think of it like starting at a new gym. You may not know what to do or the correct ways to do things, you may feel weak, confused, and embarrassed. Even with all of these negative feelings you know that you are excited to learn and get stronger. You may need to ask trainers for help and exercise your want for learning despite the embarrassment. This pattern is primarily about understanding that your passion used correctly is itself a valuable attribute to contribute to a team or teacher.
I find that this pattern goes hand in hand with Exposing Your Ignorance and that are one in the same. In order to unleash your enthusiasm you must be willing to expose your ignorance. If you are new to a team or project you are undoubtedly going to have to learn. You have to know that other more senior members will know more than you and will have to take the time to teach you, which for them may seem counterproductive. Being alright with your ignorance is the first step toward unleashing your enthusiasm. UnleashYour Enthusiasm is more about seeing the value in your ignorance. With this drive for knowledge it can help rekindle the flames of other more senior members who have plateaued and have their fire of passion die down to a smolder.
I find I experience the fear of exposing my ignorance quite often. At this point in my education I am always learning in everything I do. It sounds silly because it’s so obvious, but everything I have learned was once something I did not know. This means I had to overcome some fear and pursue that knowledge. Working with teams of my peers there is often a wide range of knowledge based on experience and backgrounds. It is scary to put myself out there and explain that I may not know something that they are all talking about it, but I have had the courage to do so. Many times I have done this and then had a pleasant conversation with my peers about having the drive for knowledge. It doesn’t pay to be afraid of taking the chance, that chance is knowledge and it gives others the opportunity to share something with you. I find that this unleashing of enthusiasm sparks a great pep talk for any team.