I can’t say I ever remember being told that I “was at the head of the class.” Well, certainly not in school. I admit I have a bit of a competitive personality; but only when it’s something I’m interested in…
In the Law of Environment, chapter 6 of The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth, John says, “If you’re always at the head of the class, you’re in the wrong class!” While I’ll be going into a lot more detail with the folks studying this law as part of a Mastermind Group, I wanted to share a quick example of how true this has been for me over the last few years.
While I never really cared enough to compete for that “head of the class” spot in anything academic, I would like to think there have been a few things that I’ve become REALLY good at in my career. That said, I’ve been in some environments in that last few years where I’ve felt like I was in WAY over my head! To keep what could be a very long story contained to just a somewhat long story, I’ll skip straight to the last few days.
As I’ve mentioned in the last few messages, I attended a certification course to become a Certified Human Behavior Consultant using the Personality Insights/DISC model. So if I were you right now, I would be thinking “SO WHAT!” While the content was some of the most eye-opening and practical material I’ve ever learned, that’s not where I’m going with this message… The point I’m making this evening is really around the group I went through this certification with. As we introduced ourselves Monday morning, I quickly realized that I had far less formal education than everyone else in the room. Not only that, I soon realized that everyone else had hugely successful careers.
Please don’t misunderstand this: I am truly thankful for where I am in my life and I don’t take anything I do today for granted. I only emphasize the caliber of the rest of the group to point out how great an opportunity it really was to be in the mix with folks like that. Furthermore, as I got to know several of them, I realized that they were as interested in learning from things that I’ve accomplished as I was in learning from them! There was a time not so long ago that I would have wanted
nothing to do with being in a group like that; I would have felt very overwhelmed and very out-classed. (That may also be The Law of Process kicking in…) Not only was the course a great experience, I walked away with several new friends that I can now reach out to for input moving forward.
In wrapping this up, here’s my question for you: are you intentionally putting yourself in situations where you’re a little bit intimidated by the rest of the people in the group? How are you stretching yourself to be better tomorrow than you were today?
I’d love to hear your feedback on this!
Talk with you soon,