Tuesday, June 07, 2011

Personal Growth

If you don't periodically look back and conclude that you would have been so much better had you performed past jobs with the knowledge that you possess today, you're doing something wrong.

When we review our personal histories we are often recalling the actions of strangers; individuals with attitudes and assumptions that may be absolutely foreign to our current ones.

As odd as that may seem, it is a good sign provided that we have made a serious effort to improve and have not slipped into serious decline.

That may be the question: How serious are we when it comes to getting better?


Dan Richwine said...

Excellent point. We are constantly changing, and when we accept this we realize that the biggest influence on who we change into is ourselves.

The old saying in business is "If you're not pulling ahead, you're falling behind!" This applies to your personal development in a similar way, if you're not getting smarter, you're getting dumber. If you're not getting better, you're getting worse.

Mary K said...

This is so true. I've had multiple utterances of "D'oh!" when thinking on past leadership escapades. It's good to know that it's a sign of personal and professional growth!

Bob said...

Although you need to be careful that past experiences, are left in the past and are not an inhibitor to future performance.....such as, you encounter a situation that needs to move forward but you hold back being incredibly cautious.

Michael Wade said...

Dan, Mary, and Bob,

Thanks for your comments. I'm glad I'm not alone on this.


Wally Bock said...

Thanks Michael. This post inspired me to write "Learning from the Past."

Michael Wade said...


You are welcome. I've learned a great deal from your blog.