We start the new year with a look at moving forward from our past mistakes. There is value in a retrospective and learning from mistakes. However, we can then drop those past burdens. There is no need to keep returning to them or have too much fear of repeating them. Our goal is to learn and advance, not get mired down in the past.

Moving Forward Requires Change

There is no phrase more indicative of being tied to the past than “We have always done it that way.” This phrase tells the listener that you are happy where you are and have no desire to move from that position. Nevertheless, the world moves on, and businesses continue moving forward. Technology makes that advance even more apparent as systems come and go. The applications and systems you relied on even ten years ago likely no longer exist outside of museums or businesses trapped in the past.

Look For New Solutions

We can get caught in the trap of focusing too much on change and thus never finding enough consistency to be productive. However, that is an easy trap to avoid. We must set aside some time once or twice a year to pick our heads up and look around. Ask yourself if your tools are still doing the job properly, and do some research in case a better solution is available.

Useful Articles And Episodes

Change and moving forward from past solutions are lessons many of our guests have learned. Here are a few examples.

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Rob Broadhead

Rob is a founder of, and frequent contributor to, Develpreneur. This includes the Building Better Developers podcast. He is also a lifetime learner as a developer, designer, and manager of software solutions. Rob is the founder of RB Consulting and has managed to author a book about his family experiences and a few about becoming a better developer. In his free time, he stays busy raising five children (although they have grown into adults). When he has a chance to breathe, he is on the ice playing hockey to relax or working on his ballroom dance skills.

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