Realism & Personal Growth

If you take an approach to learning that says “I’m only going to listen to people who have all the same disadvantages as me,” then you’ll never reach your full potential.

Everyone has at least one asset, ability, or advantage that you don’t have. The capacity to be honest about your unique difficulties without using them as an excuse to casually dismiss anything that’s ever uttered by a more privileged person is an essential component for personal growth.

Being realistic means at least two things: 1) it means you’re honest enough to not pretend that everyone has all the same options and opportunities and 2) you’re open enough to learn something from everyone even if those insights have a limited or unorthodox application to your own life.