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Prove vs. Improve

Prove Versus Improve

“Don’t show up to prove. Show up to improve.” I wish this quote was by yours truly, but it’s by Simon Sinek. You know, the guy who wrote, “Start with Why.” (BTW, if it’s not on your “to read” list, add it now.) And you know what? These nine words are incredibly powerful.

It’s the end of the year and I’m in reflection season. At times, it’s easy to compare yourself to someone else or your organization to someone else’s. You may feel the need to make sure everyone knows about your latest accomplishment or feel your competitive radar go off when a particular person walks in the room. Perhaps you’re not even showing up, because you don’t think you belong at the table. But, you know what? Each of these is exhausting and non-productive. You don’t have to prove anything. But you should want to improve all the time.

None of us are perfect and we all have lots of room for improvement. So, keep showing up. Keep learning. Polish those skills you already have. Develop better habits. Above all, don’t be complacent. Keep improving as you go, my friend. I guarantee you will be happier showing up with the mindset of improving rather than proving anything. Another bonus…you’ll be a better team member and a better leader.

“Don’t show up to prove. Show up to improve.” Take these nine words to heart – they’re pretty deep.

Stay sharp,

Holly Hayes, President & Founder