"...Best practices can be enemies of growth. They allow us to take the lazy way out instead of pushing ourselves to be creative."
I love new challenges, but sometimes it's hard to know where to start. Most of the time we seek out those who are experienced in a particular endeavor and inevitably, "best practices" come up. We're inclined to follow these tried and true methods because we don't know any better. Or because we're feeling a bit lazy.
But the above quote from this Fast Company piece suggests "best practices" are in a similar realm as, "We've always done it this way." And as we know, taking the worn out SALY path can be a limiting and counterproductive way to approach any project.
The piece finishes, "By definition, breakthroughs happen not when you follow conventions but when you break them."
Breaking -- or if you prefer, besting -- those best practices will ensure that you're not following the crowd and blazing your trail to success.
The Problem With Best Practices [Fast Company]
Think Like an Author, Not an Owner [HBR]
Boost Your Professional Reputation by Always Showing Up Five Minutes Early [Lifehacker]
The More You Improve, The Harder It Gets [Chris Guillebeau]
Facing Fear [Thriveal]
Enjoy the weekend reading!