Philip E. Humbert
Many people never stop to think about all they’ve learned just by living and having new experiences. The reality is that someone can do a fantastic job at 25 but, given more experience, they can do an even better job five or ten years later. Life is about growing and improving, and new challenges help us do that. If you can’t think of anything new you’ve learned in the past six months, it’s time to start looking for some new challenges! If you’re going to seek or create challenges for yourself, think in terms of what you would like to see happening in the future and how new challenges can get you there.
I recently worked with a young, bright, task-driven client who entered the coaching situation saying he knows people think he’s arrogant. However, he felt he’s proven that he’s competent and should be listened to because he has never failed and his ideas have always worked out well. His attitude and impatience with others is now interfering with his effectiveness and can keep him from being promoted.
After our discussion, he’s thinking of taking a class in the arts—something he has no natural talent for—so he can experience what it feels like to be frustrated, to need extra help and not to be the most successful one in the class. Having a humbling experience can help him experience feelings that will hopefully relate to the workplace and provide some much needed sensitivity and patience. What new challenge will give you the experiences that will help you become the person you want to be?
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