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We Are Always 2

Companies that live in the future and forget who they’ve been often lose their core loyal customer base. But those that only focus on what we’ve already done are limiting growth and innovation.

Marriages where one party insists “you’re no longer who I married” is saying they don’t want their partner to grow.

Each of us bound by our past, and our accomplishments, and our failings. And we ALSO owe it to yourselves to allow our aspirations and dreams to flourish so that we can also enable the process of defining who we’ll be.

Sometimes we weigh too much on one, and yet we are always 2. It is, in my experience of working with companies and living, an undeniable truth. It is a tension we need to understand and live with…so we can harness that creative tension. Have you found this to be true in your life? How so?

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7 Responses:

  1. SemperFiValues. September 8, 2010 at 10:47 pm  |  

    I find that it’s an incredible tight rope act. Sometimes it’s hard to keep an eye toward the future when the experience “tapes” kick in. Other times I find myself thinking to much about the past. I try to stay away from “what if” and think of “next time I will.”On the other hand, when the future looks cloudy it helps to draw on successful experiences. That energizes the present Act.Thanks,Marty

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  2. Anonymous. September 9, 2010 at 12:16 am  |  

    An the delicate balance between who we are and who we want to be… and figuring out how not to alienate the people in your life when you shift percentages one way or the other.Thank you for bringing this to light… when you find out the magic ratios–let me know!

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  3. Indrajit. October 2, 2011 at 9:07 am  |  

    We’re always 1: and clouded with either past experiences or what is possible in future.

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