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What’s your experience?

Today in his blog, Work Matters, Bob Sutton told an interesting story on the worst advice he was given and has this interesting paragraph at the end of his post:

One of my mottos in life (which I first heard from a Stanford undergraduate years ago named Kathy) is, “Don’t believe everything they tell you.”  This is especially true if they add something like, “I have been in the business for 25 years and I know what I am talking about.”  As one of my former students, Andy Hargadon used to say in response to this line, “Do you have 25 years of experience, or have you experienced the same year 25 times?” (bold face, mine)

I found this worth reflecting on for a mid-winter Monday. It also brought to mind the thinking I was doing in early January about goal setting.

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