Warren Bennis, Barbara Corday

On the subject of reflection, Barbara Corday said, “Unfortunately, too often it’s people failures that get them to reflect on their experiences. When you’re going along and everything is working well, you don’t sit down and reflect. Which is exactly the moment when you should do it. If you wait for a giant mistake before you reflect, two things happen. One, since you’re down, you don’t get the most out of it, and two, you tend only to see the mistake, instead of all the moments in which you’ve been correct.”

…It’s true. Most of us are shaped more by the negative experiences than by positive ones. A thousand things happen in a week to each of us, but most of us remember the few lapses rather than our triumphs, because we don’t reflect. We merely react…

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