Sunday, June 7, 2015

An Improving Mind

“If you want to improve, be content to be thought foolish and stupid.” - Epictetus

The pursuit of self-improvement is important and is second to none. Only if you improve, can you add value to the surroundings and its value makes a difference in results? But more specifically, how can an improving mind drive collective human progress and make the world a better place?

An improving mind is all about the desire to learn - if it's done right, learning should provide much fun and enjoyment as well as a sense of achievement and a little bonus of self-worth. Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything. If you choose to do nothing about it, nothing happens, but if you start doing something about it, something happens. Be a believer then everything will happen. Always collect the feedback with good intention in order to make steady improvement, but do not waste time in worrying about any sort of criticism which only distracts you from what you are moving forward. Do best what you can afford and be ready to take own responsibility.

Progress represents change. Without change, one cannot even stagnate, she or he will be on a backward journey. Progress itself is a change, either by individual or group efforts or induced by environmental and cultural tangible and intangible forces. But sometimes progress is such a hard thing to assess. There are views that say every action has an equal reaction, and that for every action, there is a myriad of reactions, some good and some bad, we cannot know all the possible results. What is considered progress for one, is not progress for another, so sometimes progress cannot truly be considered "PROGRESS" for humans as a species unless it is helping a very large group. In order to know this, it cannot be deduced through rational thought. We have to trust our inner intuitive self too, a sense of wisdom and guidance from the higher mind. Very few people can do this. Most of the people are focused on ego needs and survival.

Progress is not hanging onto judgments from a way that does not apply. Insight is judging with an openness and understanding that your parameters for judgment are based on the past and not the future. Indeed, the moment one begins to work towards one's improvement, one attracts a lot of judgment and criticism. People want to hold oneself back, and that is the test, not to get trapped, and to continue with focus. Thinking of changing oneself must be reasoned, and the reasons must be firm footed. For a normal person, it must provide strong conviction to decisions. Only shaky people are procrastinated to make decisions and get into the pitfall of that. It takes time and patient that the truth of your ideas and contribution gets revealed, and even your critics begin to wonder and start talking good about you, and if you succeed wherever you go, they are the first ones to appreciate and talk high about you…

Embrace change wholeheartedly and make a life a progressive journey! A digital professional with an improving mind continues to make progress via self-reflection, lifetime learning, and wisdom refining. Keep hungry, and stay foolish.


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