I love mental models for human development. This week I’ve been brushing up on Susan Cook-Greuter’s theory of the ‘Nine Stages of Ego Development.
At it’s core, Ego Development Theory takes a research-led approach to model how humans grow and advance through life. The first adult stage of this development is 'Conformist’. It’s here we learn the importance of rules, morals, and other things that make society function as it does.
Each stage has it’s downsides, the downside of the conformist stage is a preference for very black and white thinking, which can result in anger when others don’t conform to your world views and beliefs.
As the conformist stage realises its limitations its moves into the expert stage, and maybe through to the higher stages of achiever, and pluralist. Each stage has its quirks, but generally the higher up the stages you go the less damaging your belief system is.
What To Focus On
Balancing a lot of plates is hard. Recently, I’ve been getting a bit overwhelmed with the number of projects I have on the go.
James Clear has a great article
on how to figure out what to focus on, when to stick and when to twist. It’s been helping me make sense of where I should be focusing my efforts. If you are in a similar position, I’d recommend checking it out!
It is through this sheer number of repetitions that you’ll come to understand the fundamentals of your task. You might know what greatness looks like before this point, but you won’t understand how to achieve greatness until you’ve put the work in yourself.