If how we grow belittles those around us then it is we who are getting smaller.
If you consider how things grow in nature you’ll see there are many things that have to become temporarily damaged or die off to make way for new growth. This is not the case with humans. Things don’t have to become a mess for a period of time, nor do things have to perish for us to grow and develop. Truth is, we were born to grow, multiply and to expand beyond the borders of what we think is possible. What we are not born to do is leave a trail of collateral damage and broken relationships behind as we grow; a common occurrence for serial entrepreneurs, those feverishly climbing the corporate ladder, or those who are bent on living their passions to the fullest. For us to grow, it requires people to be in the mix with us, and how we treat those people will impact our overall fulfillment, not just the accomplishment of what is at hand. If co- workers, partners, alliances and friends in your life are nothing more than a means to your end, it will divide and subtract in the long run. If your family gets sidelined because your commitment to grow supersedes your commitment to your family, it will divide and subtract. If your friends become a conduit to get what you want, whereby you find yourself tempted to leverage every friendship for your growth, it will divide and subtract. You may think keeping the needs of those around us in mind will slow growth, and it does… by a very small percentage, but not nearly as much as the repercussions of being fired, having a heart attack, getting divorced and contending with broken relationships.
Add to others as you multiply yourself today.