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Personal Development: The hidden benefits of failure June 15, 2017

Posted by Dennis Mellersh in Personal Development Potential.
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In working our personal development programs, it can sometimes be difficult to remember that there are positive benefits inherent in the inevitable failures on our road to success.

Author Michael Korda suggests that we should “Never walk away from failure [but] on the contrary, study it carefully and imaginatively for its hidden assets.”

Most of us can see the learning opportunities in everyday “learning curve” failures.

However, if the failure is substantial and significant enough, or if failures are occurring much too often, finding those “hidden assets” can be problematic.

In this case, we might benefit from this overview by Tony Robbins:

Success is the result of good judgement.
Good judgement is the result of experience.
Experience is of the result of bad judgement. (1)

(1) Tony Robbins, Notes From a Friend, A Fireside Book, Published by Simon and Schuster, New York, 1995

— Dennis Mellersh


Personal development: Recognizing a downside of power June 12, 2017

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One of the points of trying to realize our personal development potential is to gain more control over the unfolding of our lives.

We want more power to influence outcomes.

However, having power, in addition to its benefits, can have drawbacks, particularly when it comes to having power over people.

Author Michael Korda issues this warning:

“…for most of us, the purpose of power is not to make ourselves responsible for others, but to protect ourselves. The wise man soon learns that omnipotence is servitude. Too much power over other people can be almost as bad as falling into the clutches of people who think they have the right to run your life.”

(1) Michael Korda in his book, Power! How to Get It, How to Use It