That statement and thought has just made me vulnerable to being less open to improvement and greater success.
And, because I am confident in my ability and have proven to be able to work through challenges and come out successful on the other side -- that record of success - can also be a liability.
Here's an example. Most recently, I have been trying to sell my house and have been getting help from my significant other, who happens to be an expert in this area. It's created conflict - a lot. He's given advice that's annoying, I couldn't see, didn't make sense. He'd get frustrated because I "wasn't listening" and I'd get frustrated because I couldn't "see" what he tried to explain (which was due to my lack of experience).
There have been many opportunities for improved communication and suffice it to say, for 2 accomplished professionals, one of which human dynamics is a professional specialty, it's been an interesting learning experience.
In the midst of all this, I recently had an ah ha moment. My experience with my house and close personal advisor is the same for many business owners and accomplished leaders.
It can cause one to be unreceptive to tools, information or resources to achieve greater success. As Jim Collins says in his widely read book, Good to Great, "Good is the enemy of great."
And with success, can come blindness to small vulnerabilities that can become major impediments and that if attended to early, could mitigate potential damage - like a tiny leak in a damn.
Blind spots also impair our hearing. It causes us to turn a deaf ear to important or useful advice to which thoughtful consideration should be given. We in fact discount it, not believing the value or truth of it (at least that's what I did).
An advisor can say, "Hey I see a leak in your dam." You say, "I don't have a leak, I don't see a leak or that's not a leak. And anyway, if we had a leak, we would not be doing as well as we are."
But clearly, to everyone else...there's a leak.
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