Archive for 11 October, 2012
The other day I agreed with someone close to me that if I didn’t know who I really was and have a strong sense of self after the ups and downs of the last seven years (family and personal illness, workplace bullying, redundancy and so on) I never would.
I certainly seem to have a lot more gumption than I had in 2005. I’m much more sure about exactly what kind of work I’m good at and enjoy, what I consider to be an acceptable work/life balance, what I believe (and don’t believe) in, what I want out of life and I’m (almost) past caring what other people think about me.
I think to be a really good Planner you need to understand yourself before you can understand others. It helps to have lived a bit – not necessarily to have travelled the world, simply to have experienced the ups and downs of life.
So I’d suggest that the best Planners have not only clocked up their 10,000 hours of experience, they’ve had a life well lived too. Perspective, empathy and life experience are all key to understanding what might make other people tick.