“A superior who works on his own development sets an almost irresistible example.”
Peter Drucker was an Australian-born American management consultant, educator and author who, through his writings, helped contribute to the philosophical and practical foundations for the modern business corporation. He shares in today’s quote that when we focus on our own development, it sets an overpowering and positive example for yourself and others as something that cannot be ignored nor denied. In the words of songwriter Robert Palmer it’s “simply irresistible.”
Our potential is limitless. I have said this before and will say it again. The only limits we put are the ones we set for ourselves. This even goes for how far we are willing to go to continue to development ourselves. Our development as a person does not stop when we graduate high school or even college. It should still be happening no matter how old we are through the experiences we encounter. But experiences alone can only take us so far in our development. I believe we need to read up on areas we want to approve upon and then apply those teachings we learn in our everyday lives. As we do this we will continue to truly grow as an individual that will not only benefit us and our own well being but also the well being of others.
In order to do this we need to set goals of what areas we still want to develop in. We do this as educators or within businesses we work for and base it on our professional development goals each year, so why not do this for our own personal goals? We need to afford ourselves the opportunity to be well rounded in our own growth. Just like I have said before we focus in education on developing the whole child. We need to do the same in developing the whole adult. Our journey is far from over because we are not finished with developing ourselves. We have too much life to live to stop and its up to us to keep things going. This is where we must regulate our thoughts and behaviors in getting what we want and also deserve: a life of constant development. Constantly learning and growing. Learning more about ourselves and what inspires us, what makes us us. We are each unique and have a specific purpose to make a difference. When we set that daily goal of continual self improvement/development it sets an irresistible force within ourselves that cannot be ignored and more importantly sets forth a positive and inspiring example for others to follow and do the same. Make sure you make the time each day to develop yourself and your craft. You owe this to others in order to set the tone for them to do this themselves and more than anything else you owe it to yourself.
What does this quote mean to you and how can you apply today’s message towards managing yourself better?