Life Scribbles: It’s Better Than You Think
I had dinner last night with some phenomenal leaders in Chicago last night. During our meal together, I asked the group what they thought of each other’s work. One by one, they began to share what they admired about each other’s efforts. There were plenty of smiles and even some blushing as each heard from the others.
There’s definitely nothing like the affirmation of your work from peers you respect. One person in particular responded somewhat sarcastically to the encouraging words he heard about his work by saying, “Wow! I want to be a part of that”.
One thing I know about good leaders is that they are often the hardest critique to themselves. In part, this is what makes them great. Whether it’s caused by perfectionism, insecurity, or insatiable standards, many of us in leadership to downplay the work we actual create. I wouldn’t necessarily call this a false sense of humility, but it definitely isn’t a clear perspective of reality.
The truth of the matter is that you’re probably doing better than you think. Most others around you see it, but ironically, you might be missing it. Pursuing greatness will often make you feel really small. Be encouraged. It really is better than you think.
All of the hard work you put into your career, family, and relationships, does get recognized by those you come in contact with. They may never say it, but many think the world of you and all that you are and do for their lives.
If you are leader constantly in pursuit of excellence and quality, don’t be so hard on yourself. You’re doing well. Keep up the great work!
Just a passing thought on life…