Understanding Something May Take Decades
The first thing that caught my eye in reading today was when he was talking about trying to understand human behavior because for the first time in his life he was encountering problems with managing people. Then he says:
page 205 “I pushed forward with these explorations for decades.” This is the opposite of the thing I do. How do you push toward anything for decades? But I see this as a pattern of specialists: they are driven by a curiosity to understand fully. Maybe when I’m older I’ll be able to look back and say, “Yes! I did push toward something for decades!” In some ways I have. Back in 2006, at the age of 25, I started reading because I wanted to, not because I wanted to get a grade. I read the Bible and was soon reading Christian apologetics like Lee Strobel, C.S. Lewis, and Ravi Zacharias. That led me to desire work in my life that was more substantial and meaningful (I was working retail at the time). I went back to college to earn my bachelor’s in elementary education which introduced me to early childhood development. Almost 13 years later, I am still passionate about education and reading. Sometimes we don’t know the journey we’re on until we’ve been there a while!
And there have been so many hiccups along the way. I was proud and argumentative so I argued with people close to me and burned bridges. I feel like I’m starting over in many ways but in reality, it’s just another part of the journey. When the hobbits in the Lord of the Rings series face troubles they don’t go back to the Shire. They deal with their reality and keep moving. If we want success then it sounds like we need to do the same.
The only other thing I wrote down from this chapter were some psychologists that he noted. Hopefully, some of their work will end up on my reading list soon! I believe Kegan is a psychologist that actually spent time studying Bridgewater’s culture.
Bob Kegan – Harvard “An Everyone Culture”
Adam Grant – Wharton School of Business
Ed Hess – University of Virginia
What do you aspire to? What are those pictures you see in your head of your future that bring a smile to your face?