Saw this article today from Forbes. And, I liked it so much that I wanted to share it with you. Well, at least my 2 favorite points.
#7 Resolve to find a Yin for your Yang
Walt Disney had Roy Disney, Steve Jobs had Steve Wozniak and Orville Wright had Wilbur Wright. Wherever there is great innovation, there is a Dreamer and an Operator; an Idea Monkey and a (Ring)leader. First, determine where your passions lie, then go find an equally passionate partner, then go change the world.
I was fortunate enough in my last job to have this (more than once) and I cannot tell you how important it is. Even my best friend Heather and I have always had this kind of relationship. She brings my optimism to reality and I challenge her to keep her head up. Its a perfect combination. If you don’t have a Yin to your Yang, I challenge you to intentionally seek some Tin, what ever that means for you and whatever it looks like.
#8 Resolve to get outside your jar
You can’t read the label when you are sitting inside the jar. The sad irony of being an expert is that it keeps you from seeing possibility. After all, you know what works, what doesn’t, what you can afford, what’s been tried in the past. Instead of relying only on your expertise, learn how to find other experts solving similar challenges to the ones you are facing. Go ask them what you may be missing.
One of the things my Yin taught me was to read and read some more. She is always seeing what the experts in her field are doing. What they are doing well and the lessons they are learning to not do again. What a challenge to be better by using others mistakes. If someone has already made them and risen above why not learn from observation instead of actually having to go through the experience yourself?