I started writing here because I wanted to find a way to look past failures and stumbles and see learning instead.
I was sharing this motivation from the early days with someone recently and he shared that he associated this motivation with Nassim Taleb’s “Antifragile” concept and Ray Dalio’s equation – “Pain + Reflection = Progress.”
There are, of course, many other great articulations – Carol Dweck’s “growth mindset,” for example, is a famous one. These are all different ways of saying the same thing.
The beauty about powerful and important concepts – continuous learning, being proactive, effective prioritization, leadership – is that there have been many attempts at making them accessible and implementable.
The challenge, then, is to simply pick one that we want to work on, find an articulation that resonates, and then go out and spend the next decade committing (and re-committing) to learning it.