Sunday, August 9, 2020
Course Correction Pencils have erasers for a reason: everyone makes mistakes, everyone makes bad decisions. To err is human; therefore, one of the most important skills we can develop is course correction. Itâs crucial to recognize when a mistake is a mistake, to learn from our indiscretions, and then to change course and move forward a better person. Life is a test, and sometimes we pick the wrong answerâ"no big deal, right? Unfortunately we often pick the same wrong answer over and over, thereby avoiding any other possible outcome, and therefore avoiding the correct answer. Itâs strangeâ"we wouldnâtâve done this on our old school tests: we never filled in the answer bubble on our Scantron sheet just to erase it and fill in the same bubble again and again and again. In daily life we do this all the time: we mess up and then take the same path, which leads to the same dead end. And then we do it again. And again. And again. To make things more complicated, lifeâs answers change as we get older; therefore, yesterdayâs right answer may not be todayâs right answer. To live enriched, fulfilled lives, we must hone our ability to course correct: if you intelligently assess where you are, where youâre headed, and make the necessary tweaks to move forward, youâll be fine; if you keep filling in the same bubble, youâre in for a future of bad marks. Read this essay and 150 others in our new book, Essential.
Posted by Noel Thatcher at 4:24 AM