This is an adage I’ve grown to believe in more than anything, especially in my career. However, it also applies to so many other facets of life.
We are so fixated on success and validation that we forget the steps that it took to get there. Considering anything as a waste is, essentially, a waste.
Nature is one of our greatest teachers – it is simple, efficient, self-serving, and to be literal, self-sustaining. We see and know this. Yet we humans have yet to embrace this concept. A leave falls to the ground and instead of wondering what a waste it is and how its photosynthetic-earning potential is now gone, it simply wafts down to fertilise a new tree.
Crying because my article did not get published may feel justified, but that is the true waste. Instead, I wrote an article and learned something about the subject and I honed my research, writing and interviewing skills. (prepare for more dramatic emphases) The ultimate feeling of validation really should come from you, but instead we look to the outside for that pat on the head (or whatever else it is that makes you smile).
Time wasted is time spent, that did not go the way that you expected. The fault, or rather the lesson, ultimately lies with you for having the expectation in the first place and opening yourself up to disappointment.
Now that you know, I hope you learn.
<p>Author <a href=”https://plus.google.com/102128103971030481396” target=”blank” rel=”author”>Jerome Cornelius</a></p>