What’s the Big Idea?
Thomas DeLong, a Harvard Business School Professor of Management and author of Flying Without a Net: Turn Fear of Change into Fuel for Success, explained in a recent Big Think interview that people at all stages of their lives and careers need to take their own development seriously, setting goals, seeking guidance, and taking action to grow in new directions.
What’s the Significance?
Self-esteem can be intrinsically or extrinsically motivated – some are shooting for the big promotion while others prefer the quiet accomplishment of knowing they've done their best. Either way, it demands new challenges; few people are energized by the idea of succeeding over and over again at the same rote task.
Self-actualization, Maslow's highest human purpose of all, means fulfilling our personal potential, something we can only achieve through a lifetime of growth.