A sharper knife doesn’t make a better can opener

Our culture is pretty obsessed with self improvement but maybe more so the idea of self-driven success. The magic silver bullet. The modern day sorcery of finding the life hack to solve all our problems.

Professionally, this can be translated to mean that if we are smarter then we will be more successful. Not always the case.

There are a lot of really smart people, working away quietly in a small office, mostly unseen by everyone around them. However, going back to the analogy, simply trying to be a sharper knife won’t necessarily solve the problems requiring a can opener.

We have to evolve and innovate. Yes. But we need to make sure we are moving beyond just new ways to be smart. We have to take steps toward actually being transformed. New problems require new solutions. Not necessarily sharper versions of old tools.

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