Over the last few weeks I've had the nagging feeling that I've been getting too comfortable with how I do things. That I've started to rest on the laurels of what I know works (the model I developed, etc.), rather than looking for ways to make a proven approach exponentially better. What's missing? What could be changed? What could be improved?
I just ran across an article that sums it up nicely. The article focuses on videography, but the words apply to just about anything you do in life.
I think most of us are caught in that same trap. Our brains find solutions that work, and we stop looking for alternatives that might work better. Rather than being innovative, we rely on what has worked in the past. And the more expertise you feel like you have, the more likely you are to trust your past experiences rather than search out new answers. These new answers, however, are often essential to the continued success of your business and often contain solutions that are more effective than the tried-and-true methods. It is important that we re-train our brains to keep looking, even when we think we have found an answer.
As you move forward in your career journey, ask yourself, "Where have I stopped looking for new answers?" Challenge your assumptions about what you think you know. You just might be surprised with the result.
Curt Rosengren, Passion Catalyst (sm)
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