Wisdom comes with age. That’s kind of a bummer when you think about it. That means we won’t reach our fullest potential until we’re much older. Well, there is a way around it… Harvard Business Review post offers twelve lessons learned from a 60-year-old successful CEO.
The more we know about ourselves, the more power we have to behave better. Humility is underrated. We each have an infinite capacity for self-deception—countless unconscious ways we protect ourselves from pain, uncertainty, and responsibility—often at the expense of others and of ourselves. Endless introspection can turn into self-indulgence, but deepening self-awareness is essential to freeing ourselves from our reactive, habitual behaviors.
Let go of certainty. The opposite isn’t uncertainty. It’s openness, curiosity and a willingness to embrace paradox, rather than choose up sides. The ultimate challenge is to accept ourselves exactly as we are, but never stop trying to learn and grow.
Full story at HBR.
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