15 November 2009

If you refuse to be made straight when you are green, you will not be made straight when you are dry.

-African Proverb

I came across the above proverb today, and it really resonated with me.   My first reaction to the quote was that I was thankful that I’m still young, and have the opportunity to change and improve myself.  This week it became apparent there are a couple of areas in my life which I need to improve.  Realizing your faults is never a pleasurable experience, but  after a day or two thinking about it, I’m excited to work on improving and thankful that I have the opportunity to get better proactively now, as opposed to after the fact.

I then realized that this quote has nothing to do with age.  Although the stereotype is that people become set in their ways as they get older, is this true for everyone?  I think not.  Look at anyone who has ever run a successful business and they will tell you that the inability to change and adapt leads to terrible consequences.

A follow up thought was that all companies should be proactive at encouraging ongoing and rigorous self improvement amongst their young employees, because the lessons they learn in their first few years will be incredibly formative, and any company that becomes known for creating incredible employees will have the most qualified prospects knocking down their doors for a job.

Anyways, that’s all for today.  Have a great weekend!