People often mention that hindsight provides the clearer vision. What people often talk about then is the mistakes that they’ve made, after they’ve realized, they’ve made them. Proclamations such as, “Hindsight is 20/20” are commonplace.
There is the restaurant that expanded but didn’t consider that servicing more customers meant less personal attention.
There is the small mom and pop video rental store (and BlockBuster) that ignored the changes with video on-demand.
And, of course, there are the film developers, telephone booth manufacturers, and businesses who advertise in (hard copy) telephone books.
These may not be the mistakes of the few (a few might make it), but definitely the mistakes of many. Any time we do anything worthwhile such as earn a college degree, make a career change, or start a small business we risk not paying attention to the indicators in front of us and later labeling it hindsight.
Hindsight doesn’t do you much good, choose foresight.
Dennis E. Gilbert is a business consultant, speaker (CSPTM), and coach that specializes in helping businesses and individuals accelerate their leadership, their team, and their success. He is the author of the newly released book, Forgotten Respect, Navigating A Multigenerational Workforce. Reach him through his website at DennisEGilbert.com or by calling +1 646.546.5553.