Do you have what it takes to succeed in a new field? Joining us on YAP this week is Safi Bahcall, a physicist, author and business executive who has explored and succeeded at many different fields throughout his career. 

Most of us have many different interests career wise, but feel nervous about switching or exploring different fields. Despite the common myths, it is entirely possible for anyone to switch or explore new career paths at any age. However, there are certain steps that each of us can take to make this transition less daunting. Some strategies that help alleviate the initial learning curve of developing a new skill include: learning from experts, recognizing patterns, copying successful strategies etc.. 

As Safi Bahcall states during the interview: “Whenever you see a hill, don’t worry about the climb up. Embrace the climb up that climb up. Every single step is growing. Every single step. Like for me, when I started off at zero, never having written a page, every single step, it was awesome because you grow the most at the beginning…”

Staying curious and open to new ideas and learning opportunities is another important aspect of staying relevant in today’s fast paced world. Safi Bahcall coined the term “loonshot” to describe these innovative ideas and strategies that play such a key goal to the long term success of many companies and franchises around the world. In his book “Loonshots: How to Nurture the Crazy Ideas That Win Wars, Cure Diseases, and Transform Industries” Safi Bahcall describes how each of us can develop our creative minds and turn these seemingly crazy ideas into a reality. 

While trying something new or testing a new idea will always come with its own challenges, learning how to master new skills efficiently while nurturing our creative minds can help many of us grow professionally. In this episode, Hala Taha and our guest Safi Bahcall discuss how pursuing different career paths can enrich our lives, talk about why it is important to honour some of our most creative ideas, and share tips on how to streamline the learning process. 

For more on Safi Bahcall follow him on Linkedin at https://www.linkedin.com/in/safi-bahcall/, on Instagram/Twitter @safibacall, and visit his website at https://www.bahcall.com/.

Learning something new is like going on a basketball court and shooting baskets. The first time you go there you might even miss 3m completely, but if you just keep doing it and keep doing it, all of a sudden you’ll get the hang of it. You watch what other people do and then it starts to go in a few times and it started to sort of make sense.

What are we yapping about in this episode:

  • Safi Bahcall’s background story and decision to become an author  [06:55]
  • Understanding imposter syndrome  [16:59]
  • The impact of curiosity on learning something new [23:01]
  • The loonshot concept  [30:23]

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