I strongly believe that my worst enemy is myself. I mean, I conceive and discuss these great career goals, development objectives, improvement plans, commendable ideas and a few days later, guess who talks me out of it? My same self! If this also sounds like you, you’re not alone.
As the distinctive barriers between cultures, religion, careers, ethnicities go progressively blur due to our world becoming more globalised and interconnected; the tendency to tilt towards extremism (choosing one or the other) becomes more luring. We are influenced by a constant influx of widely varied ideologies and beliefs which can either positively or negatively shape the outcomes of our lives- for the better or worse.
Whilst performing my daily ritual of scouring around for new information, I came across an article by Bill Gates on his favourite book of all time: Enlightenment now In summary, the author argues that the world is far better than it used to be and we surely are progressing than 21st century intellectuals think. He espouses the disconnect between the facts on hand and the underlying perception fuelled by everyday news which emphasise that we’re regressing – world poverty, death, gender, societal values, justice etc. As an optimist, myself, I couldn’t agree more. I consider myself very lucky to be alive and this underlying belief could fuel your motivation to prosper as it does mine. Think about it; access to books, thoughts, tools, information, knowledge, people, technology, jobs, nature has never been so within reach.
Seeking constructive feedback or the 360-degree feedback loop is one of the most trending buzzwords in the spheres of personal development and career management. Nonetheless, it remains an area where people find great difficulty in putting into practice.