Ten Preconditions To Personal Development
- Intellectual Curiosity - A passion to understand the changing forces swirling around you, an eagerness to learn them faster, and a recognition that learning is an unending journey.
- Humility - A pervasive acknowledgement that no one can have all the answers. You must have a willingness to learn from others.
- Self-Criticism - A logical extension of humility. A constant questioning of conventional wisdom and a keen awareness that success invariably sows the seeds of failure.
- A High Tolerance for Ambiguity, Complexity and Change -Learning is experimental. Thrive on change; don't allow yourself to be intimidated by its rough and unpolished exterior. Complexity and ambiguity are simply part of the 21st Century condition.
- Experimentation - It is only by experimenting with new approaches, monitoring the results and incorporating the feedback into new initiatives that learning takes place.
- A Hunger for Feedback - A genuine eagerness to reach out and get performance feedback from a variety of sources, and a willingness to listen to it and make changes.
- Learning by Doing - Have a bias towards action. The use of real-world tests is a much more fertile source of learning than abstract speculation.
- An Appreciation for Failure and Mistakes - Learning is more a product of failure than success will ever be. View experiments as desirable, mistakes as inevitable and failures as the raw protein necessary for success.
- Systematic Methods of Data Collection and Distribution - Intellectual capital is rarely created and shared by accident. Conscious mechanisms must be put in place to, acquire, disseminate, and leverage knowledge.
- Creative Self-Destruction - No advantage lasts forever. Render yourself obsolete before others do it for you. It's the price world-class innovators gladly pay for staying ahead of the pack.
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