My Friday Post: Hindsight

It’s Friday. As CIOs clear down their inboxes and tie up loose ends before the weekend, it is time to take a break…

This week I had a conversation with a fellow CIO from the healthcare industry. It was sort of a support group of sorts. It was amazing how much we had in common even though we were from completely different industries. We traded stories of some of the decisions we made and how looking back we wish we had made them differently. Yes hindsight is 20/20.

Hindsight is an unusually phenomenon. It can be good or it can be bad in terms of how it makes us feel. We all have said it sometime in our lives, “In hindsight I should have [fill in the blank].” Looking back we all have “perfect vision”. When we look back on something we can see it all at once, the problems and pitfalls of our choices, perfectly and clearly. Something we cannot do when we are there, in that moment. Even though we wish we could.

I believe that as long as hindsight can be used properly (not in a negative way), it is a good thing and a useful tool to have in our personal development and growth. It may be painful to look back, but in the end it is for the best as we strive to move forward and to keep us from making repeat mistakes. We should never forget to look at the opportunities we have right now and in the near future. The past is the past and there is no going back but the future is yet to be written.

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