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Personal growth: Is the uneventful life a key to happiness? July 20, 2017

Posted by Dennis Mellersh in Concept of personal development.
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In our quest for constant improvement through our personal development efforts, there may be a downside.

Could “more” actually equal “less?”

Would we be better off seeking fewer self-actualization stimuli?

The philosopher/longshoreman Eric Hoffer made the following observation in a moment of self-assessment in an entry in a diary he was keeping:

“Early this morning on my way to work I felt a burning pain in my arms. It seemed to me for a moment that had I been without this pain I would have been wholly happy. In a moment like this I realize how lucky we are when nothing at all – good or bad – happens to us.” (1)

(1) Eric Hoffer, Working and Thinking on the Waterfro0nt

— Dennis Mellersh

 

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

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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