A little boy went into a drug store, and asked shopkeeper for a phone call. He replied “Sweety, you can do one call.”
Boy:"Madam, Can you give me the job of cutting your lawn?
Women: "I already have someone to cut my lawn."
Boy: “But Ma'm, I will cut your lawn for half the price of the person who cuts your lawn now."
Women: “No, I am very satisfied with the person who was presently cutting her lawn.”
Boy: "Lady, I'll even sweep your curb and your sidewalk, so on Sundays you will have the prettiest lawn in all of North-Palm beach, Florida."
Women: “No dear”.
With a smile on his face, the little boy replaced the receiver. The store-owner, who was listening to all this, walked over to the boy and said, "Son... I like your attitude; I like that positive spirit and would like to offer you a job."
The little boy replied, "No thanks, I was just checking my performance with the job I already have. I am the one who is working for that lady, I was talking to!"
Most of the time, formal feedback would travel to you at the end of defined period, or when something has gone wrong. And in most cases the feedback will be linked to the results, post facto when you do not have control over what is already being done. Wouldn’t it be better if feedback flows to you well in time?
If you want to progress in life, improving yourself is the key. Improvement or change is a gradual process, best achieved in smaller incremental positive changes everyday. And to do so, you would need regular feedback on your performance. Do not wait for the formal feedback. Create your own channels. Take initiatives in asking your mentors, bosses, superiors – if you are on the right track, share your approach with them before hitting on an important task.