Forward Motion Offers the Fastest Education You Can Find

Posted on August 2, 2022

Growth doesn't get started until you do. You must move…take action…mobilize yourself.

Sounds easy enough on the surface. But people get paralyzed by "planning."  They freeze up getting "prepared" to grow.  Seems we want to figure out the answer before we start working on the problem. We like to do our learning first, then put it into action.

Fast growth calls for a more freewheeling approach. You must operate on the basis of learning as you go, not before you go.

"Getting ready" often gives a person the feeling of progress, but it's usually a delaying tactic that gets in the way of growth. "Getting going" is what puts you further down the road.  As Mack Hanan, author of Fast-Growth Management, states, "The main growth strategy is the willingness to move."

If you want to see how this works, just plop a kid down in front of a computer. Or behind the wheel of a car. The youngster has little patience for "learning" before getting started.  Kids just want to go for it. They use an action-based strategy of learning as they go. And that enables them to master the machine a lot quicker than most adults who also are starting from scratch.

Active pursuit of your personal development goals provides a steady stream of feedback. Actually doing things—trying out different approaches—gives you hard data on what works and what doesn't. Mobility is the secret. Constant movement keeps you supplied with fresh answers.  Forward motion feeds you new insights.

Of course, allowing yourself to learn on the fly carries a price:  You must also become more willing to make mistakes. More trials mean you can expect more errors. Going forward before you have everything figured out guarantees a higher failure rate.

The payoff comes in the rapid learning curve. Forward motion offers the fastest education you can find.

“Instead of having ‘answers’ on a math test, they should just call them ‘impressions,’ and if you got a different ‘impression,’ so what, can’t we all be brothers?”

Jack Handy, Deep Thoughts

This is an excerpt from the handbook,
Fast Growth: A Career Acceleration Strategy


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