Learn. Grow. Repeat.

Birds do it, bees do it, and some humans do it. My two kids live in this amazing cycle because the world is brand new to them. Every experience, whether enjoyable or not, are learning experiences for them. They have no choice but to continue this learn, grow, repeat cycle.

Now, when it comes to adults, some of us tend to pre-maturely stop this cycle because we believe that we’ve learned enough, we are experts, or we are “good” where we are at. I find myself grunting at times when I have to take a new path from a place that was previously comfortable. This lack of growth through learning is one way that we actively fail to thrive. If our kids didn’t give new experiences (bike riding), new knowledge (subtraction), and change (new school) a chance, their maturation process would be stunted and we, as parents, would be extremely concerned. If we believe that continued challenge, change, and growth are essential parts to childhood development, why d we believe in the saying, “Can’t teach an old dog new tricks.”? New age appropriate tricks can always be learned.

Learn. Grow. Repeat. If kids can do it without wining all that much, we adults can certainly do it too.

Why do we make living enjoyable lives together so damn difficult? Oh yes, that damn lizard brain’s attachment to power paired with a paranoid fear that, “people are out to get me.”

Thoughts on Vulnerable Leadership

Leadership is difficult when you don’t know how to be vulnerable with the people you lead. #3 on this list by Forbes (11 Ways a Leader Can Develop Empathy) makes sense, but it falls short of telling leaders HOW to be more vulnerable in our western culture construct. We tend to award an image of authority and perfection while punishing those that show weakness or mistakes. If this is a common case, how can a leader of people feel safe being vulnerable if investors, board members, and those working for them hold them to an impossible and detrimental ideal? Continue reading “Thoughts on Vulnerable Leadership”

New Year’s Resolution

My top New Year’s resolution: Sustain¬†Positive Routines

New Year’s resolutions are difficult! Year in, year out, I make them, and forget about them. Make them and break them. Make them and change them. It’s a routine that I hate come December 31st. This year must be different, thus I am keeping it simple. Create Positive Routines. Continue reading “New Year’s Resolution”