Experience is a wonderful thing. As you grow older you learn new stuff every day. Clearly some lessons are tough and you wish that you hadn’t experienced them but the good lessons stay with you as you grow. Either way, you never stop learning.
As a father and now a grandfather I try to find ways to pass on some of those life lessons to my sons and granddaughter. As my sons grew from boys in to men, I tried to find ways to help them learn some of the tougher life lessons without having to experience the pain that so often goes with it and I am happy to see that they have both turned into well balanced, thoughtful, kind, educated guys.
Happily, they haven’t yet told me that “the older I get, the more I used to know!”
One of the most important lessons I learnt on my journey so far through life is that it is critically important to allow the people around you the space to grow.
Theodore Roosevelt once said “The best executive is the one who has sense enough to pick good men to do what he wants done, and self-restraint to keep from meddling with them while they do it.”
I think that can be applied to parents, teachers and managers too.
What growth lessons have you learnt?