Self-reflection is crucial to growth as it entails contemplating where we’ve come from and what we have learned along our journey, leading us to examine our mistakes and missteps. Yet, for this very reason, many of us avoid the act of self-reflection, finding it easier to push ahead and look to the future to reach our goals. According to leading entrepreneurs Hassan Mahmood and John Kevin Lawson, self-reflection is critical for achieving our greatest goals in life.
Both Hassan Mahmood and John Kevin Lawson agree that taking the time to self-reflect can be difficult when you are trying to push forward and build a successful future, but they believe that time spent on reflection and self-assessment is crucial to understand your motivations and strengths. According to Hassan Mahmood, taking time to look back at what you have achieved and how you succeeded in the past can be crucial. He says, “Our past successes are our building blocks for the future. Understanding how you reached your past goals paves the way for you to reach even greater goals in the future.” John Kevin Lawson believes that many of us avoid self-reflection because we have been constantly told since childhood not to look back and move onward and upwards. Expanding on this, he says, “When you are aspiring to become better and moving forward, you shouldn’t move so fast that you forget to reflect on where came from and what you have learned.” Hassan Mahmood advises reflecting on the journey that you took to achieve your previous goals to formulate strategies for reaching newer ones. John Kevin Lawson agrees with this insight and believes that sometimes the best person to learn from is your past self.
Serial entrepreneur Hassan Mahmood has maintained and grown his family’s retail business while also establishing himself as an independent business owner. Today, he is particularly notable for his ability to scale and grow entrepreneurial projects while also guiding the 40-year-old legacy of his family’s retail empire. John Kevin Lawson applied his entrepreneurial skills to the club scene and transformed it to suit the needs of the digital age. He is the Founder of the digital event company, The Johnk Agence, where he has combined his experience as a club promoter with the advancements of the digital age.
In our hyper-fast world of today, it can be hard to find time to self-reflect and understand our motivations. Yet, according to Hassan Mahmood and John Kevin Lawson, self-reflection can prove crucial to envisioning and successfully achieving our future goals.
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