Yesterday’s great is today’s mediocre
Did you graduate from school? Congratulations, now keep learning…
“If you view graduation as a commencement, a beginning, it can be a foundation for future value creation and service. That is the exact opposite perspective from those who mistakenly imagine that their credentials constitute entitlement…” -James Strock, Serve To Lead
It is no accident that leaders in various fields are voracious learners whose imaginations are defiantly unbounded by the often artificial strictures and structures of formal education or academic disciplines.
Want to know one habit ultra-successful people have in common? They read. A lot. Warren Buffett reads between 600-1000 pages per DAY. Bill Gates reads about 50 books per year. Mark Cuban reads more than 3 hours per day. And the list goes on. But successful aren’t sitting around reading tabloids and pop fiction. They are highly selective about what they read, opting to be educated over being entertained. They believe that books are a gateway to learning and knowledge.
Be the Best by Learning, Always Learning…
Pablo Picasso reminds us to continually sharpen the saw and never stop learning. Whatever interests you in your profession, explore it, learn about it, allow it to be the inspiration for an even greater concept. Flesh out the details now, because you never know how or when it will fit into your future work.
“Education is the kindling of the flame, not the filling of the vessel.” – Socrates
Study the greats
There is so much to learn from those who came before us and those who work beside us. Why reinvent the wheel, just to replicate their learning curves? Individual creativity is almost always stimulated by the work, ideas and achievements of other people. As Isaac Newton famously said, if he saw further than others, it was because he stood on the shoulders of giants.
“Study the past if you would define the future.” -Confucius
Don’t just accept information, dig deeper if you don’t truly understand. Some of the greatest minds in history were the most curious types, like Da Vinci and Einstein.
“It’s not that I’m so smart. But I stay with the questions much longer.” -Albert Einstein
The truly impressive professionals have a sizable knowledge base to draw upon as they sort through modern challenges for innovative solutions. They are the more interesting people to watch, not to mention some of the more entertaining people to converse with.
“The ability to learn is the foundation of every other talent-“ – Jessica Hagy
Do not ever get smug or self-satisfied because of your achievements. There are always people who have achieved more, and there is always room for growth and learning.
“Study hard what interests you in the most undisciplined, irreverent and original manner possible.” – Richard P. Feynman
In today’s world, our mobile devices link us to infinite knowledge. This means that our clients are more educated than ever, and they have access to many of the same resources that you do. Therefore, we must deliver on a higher plane than ever before. Technology has challenged the exclusivity of most professions. Having said all of this, outstanding professionals will always be successful. The lazy ones will fall by the wayside. People will gladly pay for quality and talent. Look at it this way- if you had to chose a heart surgeon to operate on you, would you opt for the one who is a complete geek for the very specialty you required or a hip “life of the party” kind of guy who simply attended medical school?
Are we using all of the resources available to us to best hone our skills? Are we evolving?