During my coaching sessions, the subject of personal change often arises, especially in terms of goal setting; after all, for things to be different we have to try some different things, right? This has appeared in much personal development literature over the years, with one of the the popular versions being based on Albert Einstein’s words:
” Insanity: Doing the same thing over and over again, and expecting different results “
I do love this old favourite from Einstein, & catch myself using it on occasion during goal-setting sessions, or other times when action steps are required. However, I have another gem that I will share with you that illustrates a similar sentiment, but on a personal level:
” We cannot become what we need to be by remaining what we are ” – Max DePree
Although similar to the previous quote, these words hit home to us powerfully and very succinctly because it shows where the responsibility for the change needs to be & thus stirs us into taking action.
Max Depree is an American Writer, and former CEO at The Herman Miller Office Furniture Company – a family-based business, which he ran successfully with his brother from the early 1960’s after taking over from their father & company founder DJ DePree. Max Depree wrote four bestselling books based on leadership, with his title ” Leadership is an Art” selling in excess of 800,000 copies; he also received a lifetime achievement award in 1997 from the Business Enterprise Trust to add to his existing 6 honorary degrees.
With this kind of pedigree, his writing is well worth investigating, especially if leadership is your calling, or even if you want to learn more about becoming more. Not a bad thing.