Why We Don’t Succeed (Or is it?)
November 22, 2010
My friend, Alan Hill (The Miracle Worker) and I are having an ongoing conversation about the definition of success, and how people are valued. Valued by their employers, their peers, their family, and even by themselves.
Alan’s career has taken him through the IT world. He is very analytical, detailed, and logical. He is also brilliant in his interactions with people. That is a rare combination! Alan sees people, clearly. When someone comes to Alan for help, he often ends up helping them transform their lives in ways that were completely unexpected and wonderful. He does it intentionally, and consistently.
Amazingly, there are people who come to Alan for help and then refuse to listen to Alan’s feedback. Or if they do listen, fail to act on what they have learned. Why is that? By meeting with Alan, they are acknowledging their need for help. They presumably also recognize Alan’s ability to provide that help. So, what is it that keeps them from moving forward?
One stumbling block is discussed in the video I have posted here. Brené Brown gave a talk at TEDx Houston that sheds light on one of the core reasons people (myself included) do not achieve to their/our fullest potential.
Some things to think about:
How can we implement this change in our daily lives?
How do you exhibit this in your life, now?
What do you think?