Monday, July 08, 2013

10 Reasons Why You Don't Need to Improve

  1. Success requires change and change is sort of scary.
  2. Your friends might not be comfortable around you.
  3. You can probably get by doing what you've always done.
  4. You've got other things to worry about.
  5. Too much ambition may erode your moral fiber.
  6. You're not in the mood.
  7. You'll improve as soon as you find the time.
  8. There's nothing wrong with taking a decade or two to smell the roses.
  9. You already know more than most of your co-workers.
  10. You'll show them what you can do after you get promoted.


Dan in Philly said...

To your point #1, that's absolutely correct. Learning new things is extremely unsettling, since you may find out many things you now think are true might not be. You might realize you've been acting like you know understand something that you suddenly realize you do not.

Turning away from the cave is an extremely unnatural thing to do, in my opinion. It makes the future more scary, since you are able to more fully comprehend the smallness of your own abilities and understanding.

On the other hand, once you embrace improvement, you come to regard such feelings as an old friend. In a way similar to how a weight lifter knows he had a good workout due to the pain he feels afterwards, you can come to regard such unsettled feelings and intellectual turbulence as a sure sign you are learning and improving.

Michael Wade said...


After coaching executives and managers, I have come to the conclusion that fear of success is at least as common as fear of failure.

I really like the weight-lifter example!