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Personal development: Human imperfection forces us to grow June 15, 2017

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If people were perfect, like some aspects of nature, there would obviously be no need for us to pursue personal growth programs and realize our potential.

Our imperfect nature, as interpreted by Eric Hoffer, creates a need within us to improve ourselves.

The negative of being imperfect creates the positive ambition for greater self-actualization:

“Nature attains perfection, but man never does. There is a perfect ant, a perfect bee, but man is perpetually unfinished…in the attempt to finish himself, man becomes a creator…the incurable unfinishedness keeps man perpetually immature, perpetually capable of learning and growing.” (1)

(1) Eric Hoffer, Reflections on the Human Condition, Harper & Row, Publishers, 1973

— 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