Lesson 040: Relinquishing old habits and work responsibilities
TV Series: Star Trek - The Next Generation
Season/Episode: 1/14 ('Angel One')


When most of the crew of the Enterprise comes down with flu-like symptoms, LaForge is placed in command of the ship.

While in command on the bridge, LaForge receives a report of a problem from his Engineering area. LaForge immediately tells Engineering that he is on his way down to Engineering to help solve the problem.

Worf, who is on the bridge with LaForge, reminds him that he, LaForge, has command of the bridge and that he should let the engineers handle the problem in engineering. LaForge agrees with Worf and tells Engineering to handle the issue and report their findings back to him. LaForge then takes the time to thank Worf for the reminder.


It is sometimes quite difficult to let go of old ways when there is a change in job status for most people.

While being promoted to a new management role brings with it new assignments and responsibilities, there is a tendency for many to drift their focus back to their older tasks and retain a desire to continue to work their older functions.

If the new role requires relinquishing older responsibilities, then we must overtly combat our own instincts from wanting to return to our old ways.

This is even more critical on issues of a more personal level, as in the case of a single person considering entering into the institution of marriage. It is definitely not appropriate to continue in many of the old ways of bachelor/bachelorette life-style if one is considering a life long partnership with only one person.

Letting go of old habits is not always easy, in either personal or professional lives, however, it is mandatory, if one wishes to be successful in the new venture.

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