‘If you do what you always did, you will get what you always got’

The year 2020 is over. We automatically continue into 2021. What will it bring? Only time can tell. 2020 was a year to remember. Although, in a way perhaps not; maybe we should just forget about it all and focus on welcoming the new year with its new opportunities. But then again, we should of course try to learn from everything that happened in 2020.

It’s good to look ahead but looking back and learning from the past is also important. From copying the climate settings that worked well last year, to realising there are things you should never underestimate. Nothing bad has ever happened to anyone trying to learn from the past.

Of course, it’s important to look back with a positive attitude. Looking back full of resentment would be useless. It’s okay to criticise certain decisions that turned out to be wrong, but it must be done in a constructive way, so that you can make better decisions in the future. Albert Einstein described the importance of looking back in a great way: ‘If you do what you always did, you will get what you always got.’ It’s up to you to decide if you’d like to get what you got again.

Everyone has their own memories of 2020. They might be dark, or they could be alright. I believe it’s important to look further than myself, and not complain about all the inconveniences of 2020. At the end of the day, there’s always a positive side. There are always people who suffered more. It’s a state of mind. How do you want to view things? ‘Is the glass half empty or half full’ is a common expression. Nobody likes to hear about half-empty glasses. People who are always negative and full of doom and gloom are not inspiring. It’s not helpful.

So look ahead, appreciate all you’ve got and don’t forget to look back every now and again to learn from the past.

Cok Harteveld,

General manager, Van den Berg Roses China

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