This may seem like a corporate topic. Is not. Is just the that there you will find the greatest number of people talking about it, all together. However, above all, I see it as a way of living.
You can even look at it this way: your brain is like a set of gears. If they are kept in the same position for too long, they will gather layers and layers of rust. Instead, if you keep them moving constantly, and oil them accordingly, you avoid background noise and the gears will never have to be replaced.
Times always change. People come up with more and more ideas. Technologies overwhelm us. Concepts take different shapes. So, in order for us to confront this with our own thoughts, with a personal point of view, we need to constantly learn, to continuously be willing to develop. Especially our strengths. Because these are the ones that will keep us on the wave. We also should try to overcome our weaknesses, still our strengths will put a name on the face.
The real thing is that we are being complacent. We love to oversleep and we love to goof around. We enjoy complaining too much, though we skip stages. But we want high paycheck jobs – at one dash; or a great life since the moment we saw the first ray of light; or happiness on a silver plate, at our feet.
There will always be people on a higher level than you. No doubt about it. But this should be a reason to make you want more from yourself, not a reason to put you down. You should look up to smart people, not put them down in one shot, because your are green with envy. You should ask them how they got there and then you will understand: with a lot of hard work – self-study. Allow them to be your role models, not your worst enemies. A role model is being followed; a strong enemy is being escaped from or confronted to death. Thus, let them lift you up, by telling you their story. However, they will never throw a book at you. They will only guide you where to look for information.
No one says this is easy. But what if it was? What if, instead of seeing it as a must for society, you perceive it as a natural need to your soul? Once you change the light, it may come at ease.
I don’t know about you, but I’m not happy about being overruled when I have no knowledge on a topic (regardless the field – job, social or personal). I feel belittled. And not by the others, but by my own self. (I tell you, self-criticism is hard to handle! But renders great results, in the end.) So, I choose to inquire and come back in better shape. And this is not exposed for show off purpose, because I have nothing to show off about. But for giving you a push in becoming aware of your own capacities. To understand that you can make the time for personal development, if you wish for it. Or for improving anything that can keep you riding that wave.
Last night I heard this:
“Progress is perfection – but you need to start. (…) Don’t be afraid of failure (…) Adopt the thought: I never lose – I win or I learn!”
So, go for it. Make mistakes –> Learn –> Improve every aspect of your living –> Grow –> Find your true self –> Be happy! Till there’s still enough time… At some point, you may regret having opportunities (of all kinds) slipping away from you.
I know I do… But regrets are of no help. Action is!