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The Path Towards Progress

Progress is typically defined by forward momentum. Is a company moving forward? Is a person moving on? Is an organization taking progressive steps? The question should really be, is growth taking place?

Progress should not be defined by the number of steps taken forward, but by the number of steps retraced for the sake of learning. Growth and progress always come with bumps and bruises. Mistakes will happen. External forces will work against us. Which means that sometimes, in order to achieve progress, reflection on those mistakes must take place. Although the goal should be to avoid as many mistakes as possible, they will happen. Progress will only take place when learning from those mistakes has occured.

Thomas Edison said it best, “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” With each failed attempt, Edison couldn’t just start over. He looked at what was done, why it didn’t work, and then tried again. Progress.

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Make the World Better for Everyone You Meet

That sounds simple, possibly trite, and certainly cliche, but let it sink in for a moment…

Ok, moment’s over. How much more awesome would your day be if everyone you met went out of their way to make your day better? How much more awesome would you feel if you made the world better for everyone you met?

When you have that kind of experience at a restaurant, coffee shop, or (rarely) at the Post Office, it sticks with you. It changes you, if only for a moment. As a result, you might even accidentally make someone else’s day better.

If that kind of behavior was intentional, by everyone, this world would rock. That’s a huge ask though, so let’s aim a bit smaller. I’ll just ask you. Please, intentionally go out of your way to make the world better for everyone you meet. Everyone.

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The Hardest Part

I was taking a shower the other morning. Nothing uncommon about that, except that on this particular morning I was dreading getting out. It had been cold the night before and I was up early before the heat had come on. Sometimes, the hardest part of taking a shower is turning off the water. I knew that once I did, I’d be cold and uncomfortable.

Often, the hardest parts of life are the things that make us the most uncomfortable. But, that’s if you take the most cynical and narrow view of the situation. Because before the water was turned off, I was warm and cozy. And within a few moments, I was dry and fresh feeling. If I were to get caught up in the uncomfortableness of turning off the water, I’d forget about where I just was. More importantly, I’d forget about where I was going to be.

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Thoughts on Maturity

Maturity is really just learning to make decisions more slowly. I’m about to turn 31 and honestly, other than the simple fact I have more knowledge, I really don’t feel any different than I did 10 years ago. I just take longer to calculate a decision or formulate a reaction.

Ask a 50 year old if they feel 50? Maybe their body feels old, but their mind probably doesn’t.

Knowledge might be the key here considering I know more know then I did 10 years ago. But I can’t say that I have better ideas now as opposed to back then. It’s just that I take longer to form the idea.

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