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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: 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