We live in a society where people are obsessed with early achievement, but most of us don’t explode out of the gates right away. Here’s an interesting post from Ideas.Ted that will have you thinking about your own self-doubt in a different way:
How a person defines success is a subjective thing, but likely involves some combination of financial independence, loving relationships, a solid education, and a rewarding career. It’s all about having the discipline to do the same simple things every day.
A little over a week ago I had the privilege of attending the Midwest Regional Conference of ICF (the International Coach Federation.)
It was quite an event with over 400 attendees from all over the world meeting for three days to meet great people, generate new ideas, and amp up their knowledge base and energy around coaching. The new research, especially about the neuroscience, is coming in at an astounding pace. It was truly an opportunity to learn it from the masters.
Among them was one of my favorites, Marshall Goldsmith, who was just recognized yet again as the World’s #1 Leadership Thinker and #1 Executive Coach at the Thinkers50 ceremony in London. As many of you know, his background is formidable: as an executive coach to CEOs of top companies, (like Allan Mulally during the Ford Motor Company turnaround), as a distinguished professor at Dartmouth, and as the author or editor of 35 books. His books have sold more than two million copies, have been translated into 30 languages, and have become best sellers in 12 countries.
Now can you see why I am impressed? As it turned out, I not only had the opportunity to meet him and chat a bit, I even received a warm hug and took a picture with him. This giant in the field was an unassuming gentle man whom I was honored to meet.
In his new book Triggers, Marshall describes, in depth, the tools and how to use them with clients. He uses these tools himself daily with the goal of “creating behavior that lasts” and “becoming the person you want to be.” I recommend you check it out too!
You can’t just rely on your current knowledge and expertise if you expect to keep up, let alone advance. But how do you identify the areas in which development efforts will yield the best return on your investment?