Direction, Pride, and Learning Potential

Director John Ford and Shirley Temple from 'The Shirley Temple Archive'

Director John Ford and Shirley Temple from ‘The Shirley Temple Archive’

. . . “Everyone loves to give direction. It is fun to tell others what to do and when and how to do it. However, taking direction is a serious challenge for most of us because pride turns direction into criticism in our minds. How we handle criticism or, better said, how we handle direction ultimately is a measure of our character and will help determine how far we go in life.
If we can embrace direction rather than view it as criticism, we are more likely to learn and improve.
If we are offended by direction, we are more likely to become stagnant and wither.
Ultimately, taking direction well requires us to trust in the director. When we trust in the director, we check our pride at the door and become humble. Only then can we truly maximize our learning potential.”
Ed Eyestone from article “Run Like A Horse”

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