There are some realities in life I refer to as “Brutal.” You may not like them, but they are true. One of them that always seems to ring true is that of the….
- The Bell Curve: Most distributions of life resemble this.
- The 80/20 rule: A small % of the inputs determine the outputs
They are close cousins. Most people won’t dispute that there is not a “normal” distribution of anything. Very few things are created equal. Just look at the nation’s wealth where it is concentrated among a very small % of people. Or influence. Or “problems.”
These principles can also be applied to your career development. Take one simple aspect of self improvement:
ADVICE. Who you seek it from? Who influences you to improve (or not)?
Personal growth is certainly about learning from others, their experiences both good and bad.
There’s an interesting thing that must be recognized when it comes to advice. NOT ALL ADVICE IS CREATED equal.
Some advice needs to be filtered.
Some advice needs to be given more weight to tip the scales and move to ACTION. And you need to do this YESTERDAY.
Some advice needs to be appreciated, but flat out ignored.
Some advice is game-changing. Act on it and you will accelerate. FAST.
Some advice is poison. It will slow you down at best, maybe even help you self-destruct at worse.