• James Evangelista

The Dangers of Being Stagnant



Arriving at the point of being stagnant happens to all of us. When we attain success, we reach the summit and feel like we are the best of what we do. Once this happens our room for growth and improvement stops because our ego keeps telling us “You are the best.”


What’s worse is that sometimes we even forget those who helped us become who we are today. Another scenario is when we lose track of what we are supposed to do and start living a life what other people tell us.


So what are the dangers of being stagnant? First, the desire for learning is gone. Achieving success will give us a superior mindset and feeling. We think we know everything but the truth is we don’t.


Second, we stop taking feedback from people. Feedbacks allows us to test our current skills and how we can improve. A stagnant person never listens to anyone because he/she doesn’t want to get his/her feelings hurt.


Third, a stagnant person no longer cares about his surroundings. Now this is the most crucial danger of being stagnant. A stagnant person only cares and exalts him/herself. Sometimes this person goes overboard and has his/her definition of perfection. He / She shuts down the room for innovation.


Now that we know the dangers of being stagnant, how can we avoid this? Well to do that, we must do the opposite.


First, we must feed our curiosity by reading books, experience different cultures, watch educational videos, experiment, etc. Our task is to do anything that improves our mind. Our world changes every second thanks to our improving technology. We must take advantage of this. Curiosity leads to growth, improvement and new ideas. Bill Gates is a perfect example for this. He has all the money in the world, yet he still keeps feeding his curiosity by reading books.


Second, listen to other people. Human beings are complex creatures and because of our complexity our ideas and options differ from one another. Sometimes these feedback can hurt our feelings but that’s the way it is. Pain is part of life. We must learn how to be friends with pain because adversity can make us tougher. Listening to feedback allows us to have more options. More options leads to more opportunities.


Third, we must be aware of our surroundings. Being aware of our surroundings will make us adaptable to certain situations.


“You must be shapeless, formless, like water. When you pour water in a cup, it becomes the cup. When you pour water in a bottle, it becomes the bottle. When you pour water in a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Water can drip and it can crash. Become like water my friend.” This quote by Bruce Lee sums up the third reason why we should avoid being stagnant.


To do this, we must take a step back and observe our situation and then we act. Nowadays people act without awareness and then blame other people when they fail.


Keep in mind that success leads to being stagnant. "Flow" is the key to a meaningful life.

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