Development Beyond Success

A meaningful achievement is often the byproduct of a commitment to developing yourself. It is a willingness to try new things for the sake of growth and fun.

In the mid-1960s, right after Bob Dylan was at the height of his newfound fame, he chose to switch up his sound and added an electric guitar to the mix. Rather than exploiting his existing success, he changed gears. This change would be one of the reasons for his longevity.

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Reinventing yourself

Bob Dylan is an iconic figure in 20th-century culture. His career has now spanned more than six decades. With his poetic music, he has shaped movements and genres, and he has done so while staying relevant throughout.

His secret comes down to knowing that to live is to grow and to grow is to reinvent yourself when circumstances demand.

There is always room to improve. Remaining versatile to the idea that you can create a new identity by mixing and matching with something else, you can bypass plateaus.

Throughout his career, Bob Dylan would go on to produce songs with a touch of everything. He explored because he had to. When he injured his hand, he focused more on songwriting. When he was struggling with his aging voice, he completely reinvented how he made sounds.

There is no such thing as a static identity. Like children, adults go through different stages of development. We all grow in various ways, and so do our understanding of who we are.

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Rather than seek out opportunities to repeatedly prove your abilities, look for challenges that may encourage learning and growth.

Look for these opportunities to practice perseverance and learn from mistakes. Over time, a “growth” mindset can become an unconscious response.

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Deepening relationships is a key source of fulfillment.

Shared experiences help employees come together in ways that build meaningful connections and trust. Activities that provide a common purpose — such as an escape room game or a hackathon — are especially effective.

Bruce Lee as a philosopher

He studied poetry and philosophy in school. He focused his studies on Asian and Western philosophy, incorporating elements of Jiddu, Buddhism, Taoism, and Krishnamurti. 

This helped him to better understand himself and how he and his martial arts were more a method of self-expression of his philosophy than anything else.

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