Wednesday, September 25, 2013

How Valuable Are You?

If I asked you, “What have been the two major advancements in your field, industry or job during the last decade?” could you tell me?

If you could, that’s great! Your knowledge means you’re doing a reasonably good job of staying on top of what’s going on in your profession.

In fact, it probably means you’re doing a much better job than most of your peers.

Most people learn about 80% of what they need to do to function within the first 18 months of starting a job. Then, they pick up some of the finer points here and there and usually learn just enough to keep the job.

The number of people who actively seek out new knowledge and attempt to grow in the job is small…probably 15-18%.

I’d love to ask folks to learn something new every day but for most people that’s too much of an effort.

So, here’s the deal: Try to learn one new thing about your job every week. Read an article online or in an industry magazine, talk to someone who has a skill you don’t have or who is better at a task than you are, try a little bit of something new to improve a skill.

You don’t have to go to a lot of effort to improve and every time you improve you make yourself more valuable in the workplace.


In today’s work world, being valuable is priceless.

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