Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Sharpening the Saw

Recently, I was talking to some folks about life-long learning and the importance of investing in yourself.

Phrases like “staying current in your field” or Stephen Covey’s (Seven Habits of Highly Successful People) “Sharpening the Saw,” describe the effort of continuing to learn what you need to learn to succeed.

Do you have a structured and methodical way to seek out important information in your profession, learn it, and turn it into knowledge?

You don’t have to spend days or weeks in seminars or work toward a higher degree, unless that’s what it takes to succeed in your career. Reading, listening to books on CDs in your vehicle (you’re crazy if you don’t take advantage of the windshield university time), or catching a video (even on YouTube) can be great ways to increase your knowledge base.

What’s the biggest challenge in your profession right now? Google the issue as soon as you finish reading this blog and learn something you didn’t know.

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