With the much anticipated return of one of, if not, my favourite reality TV shows, The Apprentice this week, it has got me thinking about the contrast between the past and the present.
It is amusing to say the least, to hear some of the outrageously arrogant statements made by the candidates at the outset of the process to see who will win the £250,000 start up investment and go into business with Lord Sugar.
I’m not here to single out any one statement in particular but what I do find fascinating is how even the most arrogant of these usually very young men and women, become so much more humble by the time Lord Sugar has finished with them. They all make mistakes – some more horrendous than others – and all except one will leave the process without the prize they were hoping to capture. But the smarter ones will be all the richer for it – if they can apply the lesson they learned.
I think this can so easily be applied to all of us – regardless of our interest or success in business or not.
Life is amongst many things, one continuous journey of learning from our mistakes isn’t it? A lot of the time, the only difference between those who do well and those don’t do so well, lies in our ability to learn from our mistakes, and adjust accordingly.
Only yesterday, I caught up with an old friend that I had not spoken with for more than twenty years. We remembered some of our shared experiences and laughed at the adventures that are the cry of many a young heart. We also revealed to each other some of the things that have not panned out the way we might have hoped. We both acknowledged how age and experience brings with it a maturity and recognition of our flaws and moreover, the things that we value most.
Things like honesty, humility, wisdom and a perspective on life that cannot be bought but can only be accessed once we choose to become our true selves, warts and all. No longer shackled by the seeming necessity to project an image that is not truly authentic.
So, how has your perspective on life changed in the past few years?
What lessons have you had to learn and can now look back on with gratitude?
Finally, be glad, very glad, that your mistakes do not get broadcast to millions!