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.
No one likes to fail. Absolutely, no one! At first blush, failure may seem like a ton of wasted time, energy and material resources in engagements that yield no value whatsoever. People also tend to perceive failure as a result of character deficits, feeble efforts, unreasonable goals, poor planning and execution, or sheer bad luck. While it is true that these factors are plausible causes and effects of failure; not many people, however, see failure as stepping stones or opportunities for growth.
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.
Oysters are rough-shelled bivalve molluscs that inhabit the sea. In any given oyster, there is a chance, but no guarantee, that a pearl - an object of great value lies within. A tender touch will not open an oyster. To open an oyster, you have to pry it open with a knife exacted with sufficient pressure at its canal. And although not all oysters contain pearls, because there's a chance of a huge payoff inside, the effort is always worthwhile. So it is with life. Out in the big…
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.