This question “what did you learn?” has become part of my daily and weekly life. Every time we train a new client, I challenge Logan to list all the things she learned. When our internal team has a challenging week, I have them share what they individually learned from the experience. When a deal goes south, we have an autopsy of the deal. Each time, we try and make our learning greater than our experience. Continual learning is essential to lifetime growth. Dan Sullivan in the Laws of Lifetime Growth says, “You don’t get to choose all the experiences you have, but you do get to choose what to do with them. You can use them as excuses, wear them as badges of honor, or make them emotional triggers for when you want to go on a good rant or have a good cry, or bury them like skeletons, which always seem to resurface later. These choices do not help you grow. Or you can use them as raw material for learning, harnessing the emotional energy behind them to drive you to make good use of their lessons.”
While making your new years resolutions for this year, I hope you will consider making this quote one of your resolutions for 2019. Transform your experiences into lessons and you will never feel disadvantaged by your past.
Chief Team Developer