David Linde is the CEO of Participant Media. He articulates a life lesson about why experiences are vital to our personal and professional growth (“How Did I Get Here?: David Linde” Bloomberg Businessweek, 5/23/16–5/29/16, p. 72):

Build perspective through experiences.

Although I agree with Linde’s statement, I see two implicit presuppositions:

  • We embrace situations that create new experiences.
  • We embrace the learning opportunities from those experiences.

I think that some people are better at this than others are. Our goal should be to force ourselves into new experiences that push us beyond our comfort zones. After having those new experiences, we should reflect deeply so that we extract the fullest possible learning value.

This means that we must be open-minded. If we do all that successfully, then we will gain perspective. That refined perspective is something that no one can ever take away from us.

Pursue perspective. Pursue experiences.

About James Meadows

Currently I serve as a training team manager for Johnson Controls at a customer-care center in Kansas City. Additionally, I am a business consultant, a freelance corporate writer, an Assembly of God ordained minister, a Civil Air Patrol chaplain, and a blogger. I believe we are living in the most fascinating times of human history. To maximize the opportunities these times present, I have a passionate interest in leadership development and organizational success, both of which I view as inextricably linked.

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