Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Quote-A-Day: Day 154

If you knew then what you know now, then there wouldn't be any reason to learn what you have since.

Hindsight is definitely twenty-twenty.  And there is really no reason for hindsight to even exist, truthfully.

When we say things like, "I wish I would have known. . ." or "If only I had. . . ." we aren't being very fair to ourselves.  There is no way we can hope to know everything, and no chance for us to necessarily know ahead of time what we're going to need to know when a problem arises.

On a more philosophical level, these kinds of statements are also problematic.  If we knew all that we know now, back then, then there would be no reason to learn anything, right?  And, if we take learning out of the equation, then really, what's the point?

Rather then focus on what we didn't know in the past, why not focus on what we know now, and how we can leverage that knowledge to help us be more effective in the future?

Leading and learning is all about what we're learning now and how we can make things better for everyone.

The past is important, but more for the lessons it provides, then anything else.  One of the things those lessons teach us is that there will never be a shortage of things we don't know, and rather than wish we knew more in the past, we should continue striving to know more for the future.

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