“Dissatisfaction is the mother of change, and only change can drive improvement.”
This phrase caught my attention in a book called “Confidence: The surprising truth about how much you need and how to get it”* a few days ago. My minor achievements and failures today proved once again that a certain portion of dissatisfaction remain a constant source of improvement for me, both when I succeed and when I fail. Recognizing this fact doesn’t necessarily make discontent pleasant, but it does make it easier to understand and deal with.
*The book is probably just the opposite of the self-help guides attempting to help people artificially boost their confidence. It looks at low confidence as a driving force for increasing competence which ultimately results in higher confidence. While a little repetitive, it is a compelling, well written read in our world of way too many confidence distortions.