Small Business Series
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Surgery On Your Own Eye
A recent Harvard Business Review study by Daniel Goleman1 spent time researching over 200 global companies. They found that leaders and even small business owners with high degrees of self-awareness and emotional intelligence were more likely to succeed than those who were considered “highly skilled and intelligent” alone.
Finding Your Why – Part 6 – Surgery On Your Own Eye
In the study, Daniel goes on to say, “Self-awareness extends to a person’s understanding of his or her values and goals. Someone who is highly self-aware knows where he is headed and why; so, for example, he will be able to be firm in turning down a job offer that is tempting financially but does not fit with his principles or long-term goals.
A person who lacks self-awareness is apt to make decisions that bring on inner turmoil by treading on buried values. ‘The money looked good, so I signed on.’, someone might say two years into a job, ‘but the work means so little to me that I’m constantly bored.’ The decisions of self-aware people mesh with their values; consequently, they often find work to be energizing.”
Much like the world’s best eye surgeon has trouble performing surgery on his own eyes, self-awareness is easier to develop with help from the outside. A coach, a mentor, and someone only invested in seeing you succeed and become a better version of yourself is an invaluable piece of this puzzle.
Who do you have in your life to lean on that has absolutely no ulterior motive?
See you on the journey….
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