Today we are starting a new book, and I am pretty excited about it. I just finished reading it last week and was so impressed with the principles this book teaches, which I wanted to read it again, and pass these principles onto all of you. The book is The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth, by my favorite author of all time, John C. Maxwell. In the first chapter of his book Maxwell, starts to talk about my favorite subject, ‘growth.’ He says growth doesn’t just happen and he learned this principle early on in his career.
When someone asked him the question, “Do you have a plan for personal growth,” he did not have an answer. He realized that he was just working hard, and that he was just hoping that he would find success. However, working hard doesn’t guarantee you success, and hope is not a strategy.
Too many times people think by merely pouring themselves into their career, that they will have growth. James Allen, a British philosophical writer once said,
[People] are anxious to improve their circumstances, but are unwilling to improve themselves.
If you have goals, dreams, or aspirations, you need to grow to achieve them. Maxwell, continues by saying that there are several misconceptions about growth, which may be holding us back. We will talk about each of them over the course of the next few days.
- The Assumption Gap – I assume that I will automatically grow. As a child, our bodies grow automatically. We get taller and stronger. Problem is that as adults, we think that our mental, spiritual, and emotional growth follows a similar pattern. We don’t improve by simply living. We have to be intentional about it. A time comes when you we need to stop waiting for the man you want to become and start being the man you want to be.
No one improves by accident. Many people think once they are done with formal education, their days of pushing to grow have come to an end. This is as far from the truth as it gets. When I graduated college, I fell into this way of thinking. I started working at DishOne and just put my head down and went to work. Many mistakes were made and lessons learned, which is great and I am thankful for them.
However, then about 6 years ago, I got smart. I started to pick up books. I started to get lost in the philosophies of the smartest businessmen in the world. I began to grow. I began to really understand my true potential, and I cannot begin to tell you how much it has changed my life. Financially, physically, educationally, spiritually, and emotionally. My relationships have never been stronger and life has never been happier. Simply, because I made the decision to find a way to grow every single day. If there is one decision that you decide to make each day and you stick to, it should be to get better today than you were yesterday. If you live by this principle, you will find an amazing amount of success and happiness.
Growth for days, Cram