“Our premature cognitive commitments program us to only accept a predetermined range of facts: that we’ve experienced failure before; that we’re likely to experience it again; that we’ve learned everything we need to, or everything we can. Perception becomes reality, and our growth ends where our pride and trepidation or, in other words, our fear of shame and failure begins.”
Whitney Johnson “Smart Growth”’
But what if I make a mistake?
Not if, when. If you’re doing something new for you, you’re going to make mistakes. You’re pushing out into new territory. You’re pushing to grow. You’re in a brand new place. It is inevitable that you will make mistakes. And that is awesome! If we don’t have the courage to try new things, and innovate, we get stuck. We stagnate. Don’t ever be afraid to think new thoughts. Don’t ever be afraid to entertain fresh ideas. Don’t ever be afraid to listen to opinions that are diametrically opposed to yours. That’s how we learn.
I can help you grow.
I launched my online book club, C.A.’s Creative Idea Incubator, on January 2, 2018. So far we’ve read 69 books, and we started reading book number 70 today, December 4. I set the reading pace at just one book per month so that everybody has time to actually read the…
“A Growth Perspective
It’s normal, even prudent, not to want to invest too much time or other resources on a potential new S Curve, only to discover it isn’t really what we want or that it isn’t going to work. But it’s also true that by the time we are adults, we can be hesitant to even consider S Curves that could be available to us.” Whitney Johnson “Smart Growth”
“Progress may not be readily observed. Slow is still the essence of this phase. Though impressive, Ulmer’s milestones have been gradually achieved. But in the Collector phase we start to get a sense if we’re gaining the momentum we need to keep growing. We’ll talk more about momentum in later chapters; for now, know that a persistent lack of momentum on an S Curve typically dictates that it’s time to move on.”
Whitney Johnson “Smart Growth”