“Intellectual growth should commence at birth and cease only at death.”
― Albert Einstein
As 2018 winds down, lots of folks will spend time in the coming days reflecting on what they have accomplished over the last 12 months and setting goals for the year ahead. And while this is indeed a productive and admirable exercise, I believe that to be the best we can be and achieve all that we desire; we should be in a constant state of goal setting—not just at the end of the year but all 365. More specifically, we should always be working to develop our strengths, our talents, and our skills. For it is this relentless pursuit of excellence that will allow us to support and develop others while enhancing our own growth and development.
I thrive on challenging myself always to be learning more and doing more. Whether it’s pursuing an advanced degree, launching a new initiative at work, or engaging in an activity for personal fulfillment, I believe that my capacity for knowledge and growth is part of a lifelong journey. I am at my most happy, my most fulfilled, and the best to myself and others when I am expanding and improving on who I am and what I can achieve.
As a leader, I try to also develop in my team members the desire to engage in ongoing growth and learning. Both in coaching them and leading by example, I not only help them in their own pursuit of excellence, but I am contributing to my growth as well.
With myself and my team, when I think about learning and growth, I am not just talking about professional development but personal enhancement too. I think it is just as essential to feed one’s passions outside of the office. Being the best and happiest you can be outside the office, will naturally spill over into your professional performance. The reality is that when we experience greater personal satisfaction in our lives, we understand ourselves better. This, in turn, which makes us more effective and productive in the workplace. Additionally, when we are fulfilled and thriving professionally, we have a higher capacity to grow personally.
And so, as you sit down to take stock and set goals for the coming year, think about how your learning both professionally and personally can be an ongoing and integral part of your life and who you are.