For example, in a short story set in Manhattan by Truman Capote, the narrator comes to understand "growing up" as realizing that not everyone in the world loves you.
In a new business, it can mean hiring someone to impose systems on operations.
For many of us working Baby Boomers, growing up frequently has meant no longer feeling entitled to a job or clients assignments because of a past track record. That track record could be as recent as 10 minutes ago. What matters is what we do now, for that particular company or client.
It took me a few comebacks to get that reality. I would have an amazing success. Then I would slack off on how I positioned and packaged myself for The Next. Of course, the world zipped right by me, as I sat stuck in my comfort zone.
Well, I integrated the lesson of no-entitlement. The past is irrelevant. The now is being assessed by the minute.