Chinese proverb, often cited as from a fortune cookie
Well, I believe this one … I’ve seen too much proof to deny it.
I wonder why we are so enamored of our own thoughts.
When we come up with an idea, we tend to value our “sweat equity” somewhat higher than is reasonable.
Just because we worked hard on something does not mean the final result is as valuable as the work. If we worked hard under false assumptions or with an ill-conceived goal, we just worked hard, We did not produce value.
Work hard … this is a good thing. Just do not equate your hard work with the value others may see in what you do.
“Look what I did” …
I know that, as a parent viewing his sons and daughters, I felt an inordinate amount of pride in my act of creation and nurturing. Never mind all the other forces in the world which also contribute to making our children who they are. We are not the sole creators of a thing.
Be proud of what you have thought and what you have done. Just don’t let it go to your head or blur your vision.
“TREE” BLINDNESS …
Another old saying is that we sometimes “cannot see the forest for the trees”.
We are so close to a thing that we cannot step back and enjoy a wider perspective on what we are creating. This is more so when we have worked hard to create that thing. We are not the best judges of what we do … those who insist that nobody else understands their work have correctly identified a communication problem, but incorrectly identified the source of that communication problem.
Listen to what others say about your work and your ideas. They may be looking at a larger picture than you.
Trying to be open and follow my own advice in the Heartland ….