The Real F-Word

June 14, 2013 — 1 Comment

The real f-word is finished.  

We are never finished.  This is why I write.  Every single day that you get to open your eyes in the morning is an opportunity to grow.

We are people.  There is not one perfect person on this plant. Perfect is an ideal, a concept.  It is something you are working towards.  It’s a two-sided blade.  It’s good as long as you realize it is unattainable.

What the ideal of perfect does is create is a gap.  A distance between where you are and where you would like to be.  That gap is where we learn but more importantly, where we develop a mind-set and desire for constant improvement.  It’s good to never be fully satisfied.

Show me a thoroughly satisfied man and I will show you a failure.

- Thomas Edison 

So how do we develop this mind-set?  

Focus daily on your development but in a different way.  Most of us have been conditioned, in multiple ways, to think of progress in a linear fashion. We look at “A” where we are and “B” where we are moving toward.  Then we are told to celebrate and be happy when we get there.  The problem with this is twofold.

  1. When we get there most people stop.  They don’t pick another place to go to.  They don’t set another goal.
  2. In A-B progress we neglect to evaluate the intensity of our learning.

What good is a goal if it will take you 500 years to achieve?  We need to focus on the intensity or the slope of our learning.  Slope = rise over run.  The rise is our intensity of learning.  Is it challenging enough for us?  It should be just above our skill level to encourage us to strive to improve but not so difficult as to discourage us in the long run.  The run is how long it takes to achieve this goal. Look at the intensity of your learning.  Can you sustain that for the time it will take to attain your goal?  If not, adapt.  The point is that the steeper the slope of learning you can support the quicker you will get to where you are going.

It’s not the destination, it’s the journey that’s important. 

I hear it all the time.  They are right.  Enjoy the journey but if you get the full experience and process information 10 times faster than the person telling you this, don’t worry about it.  In fact, your journey will be much longer in terms of distance covered.

The Art Of Adaptation:  Don’t cut your journey shot by being finished.  

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