Could you be better at what you do? It really doesn’t matter what you do or how you want to fill in the blank, but whatever you do, could you do it better? I think all of us would quickly say, “duh! Of course I could do better.” the problem is the only way to get better most of the time is to see, hear, taste, and experience reality.
We might think we operate in reality, but the truth of the matter is most of the time we think we do the job better than Steve Jobs did, we think we are funnier than Eddie Murphy ever dreamed of being, and of course we are more creative than Michael Angelo, but the reality is, we are not.
So the big choice is really ours, do we keep trudging along in our own little bubbles where we say we know we could do better and be better, yet always believing deep down that we are doing the best we can with what we have been given?
The only way to really get better is to FACE reality. And the only way to face reality is to KNOW reality. And the only way to KNOW reality is to have someone outside your bubble TELL you reality.
In other words honest feedback.
Feedback is the greatest gift we could ever receive from someone. Of course, it will hurt and be painful if we really enjoy being in our bubble, but if we truly want to get better at whatever we do then listening to feedback becomes the greatest reality check, the greatest gift ever. The feedback gift takes a certain type of person to open. It takes a man or woman of deep character and profound desire to achieve greatness. To recognize that they will never be the best in the world, but always wanting to be the best that they can be with the gifts and talents that God has already disposed them to have. It takes a man or woman with true grit that looks at feedback, no matter how real it is, and says, “thank you for the gift.”