We don’t like thinking that someone else is better than us, or that we have a lot left to learn…The pretense of knowledge is our most dangerous vice because it prevents us from getting any better. Serious self-assessment is the antidote.
From the book – Ego is the Enemy by Ryan Holiday
I the past 75 posts I don’t know how many times I’ve stated that it’s ok to admit that we don’t know everything. I’m going to say it again and I will as long as I continue to write. You don’t know everything and that’s ok. My last post admonished you to take up serious reading in 2017 and I know that I need to add something to that request.
I’ve talked to countless people who tell me things such as, I don’t have time to read, or I don’t like reading and the worst I’ve heard is, what am I going to learn from the opinions of other people? Gee, I don’t know but what do you have to lose? Maybe if you read some books you will discover that you do know everything and then you can begin to write books that enlighten the rest of us. Perhaps you’ll realize that there are things to learn after all. Either way, it’s a win-win for you so why not give it a try in 2017.
Let’s begin 2017 by taking Ryan Holiday’s antidote and perform some serious self-assessment through the act of reading and learning.
That’s it folks. That is all of the advice you’ll be getting from me in 2016. I want to take up these last few lines to say thank you to some of the people who I know have been reading because they told me that they have.
Thanks for telling me that you have actually learned and applied some of the teachings that I’ve posted.
Thanks for asking me questions that brought about a deep conversation, made me think and gave me reasons to write.
Thanks for encouraging me to continue to write and for telling others about my work.
Thanks for telling me that the work is professional and readable.
Thanks for telling me things like, “you have talent.”
It means so much to know that I started out to do something different, to share thoughts, stories, and experiences and that I was able to find an audience of friendly seekers of truth.
In closing 2016 I will use the title from the world’s best-selling book by Paul Arden…It’s Not How Good You Are, It’s How Good You Want To Be.
Thank you for a wonderful and exciting 2016!