If time machines were not as expensive as they are, then we would always have the option of succeeding in the past. Think about all the do-overs we could enjoy! Unfortunately, in the current space-time continuum, that is not truly an option for any of us. That said, we should all know how to manage our pasts. Gert Boyle (chairman of Columbia Sportswear) has a life-changing recommendation about doing that (“How Did I Get Here?: Gert Boyle” Bloomberg Businessweek, 3/14/16–3/20/16, p. 84):
“Don’t get hung up on ‘should’ve’—yesterday’s never gonna come around again, so get on with it.”
I have seen too many people wallow in their past. This is true personally and professionally. Therefore, Boyle has it right: get on with your life.
Getting on with your life doesn’t mean that we don’t take every opportunity to learn from our past. The past teaches lessons we cannot afford to miss. Just remember not to park there.
You never succeed in your past, but you can ensure more success in your future.