I've done a lot of dumb things in my life, but this will not be one of them.
I'm approaching my first anniversary of having a real "adult" job and reflecting over the past 12 months it's astonishing to me how quickly I abandoned the habit of asking for feedback. The first three months I was hungry. I looked for feedback on everything from everyone. As time progressed my ego began to get the best of me and now feedback has become uncomfortable for me. Unfortunately, this mindset has not just affected my job. My wonderful girlfriend has found it frustrating to bring up even the smallest of things like taking our dogs for a walk, cleaning dishes and staying off my phone when spending time with her. My friends who were never shy about telling me when I've stepped out of line have tried less and less due to my apathetic or even defensive responses.
The truth is, I've stopped getting better. And as a wise man Mr. Josh Bledsoe once said in a thick North Carolina accent, "If you're green you're growing, if you're ripe you're rotten." In other words: if you're not getting better, you're getting worse.
My goal for the month of July is to begin to love taking feedback again. I never want to stop getting better. For the sake of my girlfriend, my career, my friends and my goals.
And I can't think of a better organization to pair this mission with than Edge Mentoring. Their mission states, "To sharpen the influence and impact of emerging leaders personally, professionally and spiritually through meaningful mentoring relationships," and for the past year the five other men in my Edge group have done just that for me.
Join me in my #dothirty challenge as I blog twice a week, ask for feedback on those blogs and raise money for an incredible non-profit organization that has spurred immeasurable personal growth in me and given me five brothers in Christ that sharpen me as iron sharpens iron.
For access to the blog go to jasonwetzler.com/blog
For information about Edge go to edgementoring.org