This is a session about working not on specific production skills, but the personal *traits*: grit, resilience, humility, kindness and discipline that we bring to bear every time we learn and apply any new skill on a team. There aren't many talks about trait work; skill development is more straightforward to teach and promises immediate, concrete payoff. But while skills are important, the journey from junior line producer to seasoned executive producer is really a journey of deeper transformation and personal growth. nnI'll use my experience in this talk as a (not particularly good) bike racer as a metaphor for this journey, but you can apply this framework to many different practices. I'll provide the structures to make that practice /deliberate/. We know that thriving in ambiguous problem spaces requires growth; growth requires that we learn to function with a level of discomfort. Attendees will learn to embrace that discomfort, rather than avoid it.