You can’t take care of what you can’t see.
Call it a blind spot, call it being too close to the problem, but with only your eyes – and the limits of your perspective and the strength of your bias – you’re going to miss some vital information.
If you’re cleaning a bathroom mirror that might mean some streaks here and there.
If it’s something greater, something about how you do your work or lead your team, those few forgotten streaks might have greater significance.
One major difference between an amateur and a professional is the commitment to getting it right. And that means building feedback into the process early and often.
If you want to see yourself – your work, your contribution – accurately, become a professional. Hire another set of eyes.
DAVID BERRY is the author of “A More Daring Life: Finding Voice at the Crossroads of Change” and the founder of RULE13 Learning. He speaks and writes about the complexity of leading in a changing world.