March 25, 2007

Nuggets of Management Wisdom #13

Posted by Bizaholic | 4:10 PM | with 1 comments »

Satisfaction is the end of growth

Feeling satisfied is like moving into a secured comfort zone. I believe growth is the antithesis of satisfaction. Growth comes from stretching oneself and pushing beyond the imagined limits. Satisfaction has the habit of telling the mind that one is doing well enough and there is no need to push the limits. And this aspect of satisfaction builds an inertia that curbs the very basis of any growth i.e. pushing the known limits.

Growth cannot come without the presence of constructive dissatisfaction. By constructive dissatisfaction, I mean certain degree of restlessness that spurs one for continuous improvement. Unless there is an inner feeling to keep on improving in life, one cannot venture towards the realms of possibilities, higher growth, and extraordinary achievements.

It is said that success is a journey not a destination. One has to always keep walking to set one milestone after another. The moment one stops, it would mean reaching one’s destination and feeling satisfied. And that would be the end of the growth process. But if one keeps walking and strives for continuous exploration, the journey would open up new avenues of growth. For someone who views success as a journey, a little constructive dissatisfaction is a continuous part of life. This constructive dissatisfaction always acts as a torchbearer and gives rays of hope for continuously improving oneself to find new opportunities for growth.

Constructive dissatisfaction is like salt. In right amount it spices up the life and makes it more interesting and rewarding. Lack of it or excess of it ruins the quality of life.


  1. Manish // March 26, 2007 at 12:31 PM  

    I agree...