“If you’re not getting better, you’re getting worse.”- Bo Schembechler
How are you getting better? If you do not have a ready answer to that question… obviously, Schembechler would say, you are getting worse.
How could you continuously get better?
You may choose to read. It seems like an obvious way to sharpen your skills as a leader and human being. However, 42% of college graduates choose not to pick up books and read after they graduate. When I first read that statistic, I did not believe it. However, I had a respected leader ask me, and a series of other successful executives from multiple companies, to read “Leadership and Self Deception”, so that we could all discuss it. When the time came for the discussion, the facilitator excused themselves for a moment while we made small talk. What was the first topic? Many of the leaders present indicated that this was the first book they read since college. Unbelievable! What an opportunity for you to increase your competitive advantage. Pickup a copy of a great book. Let me know if you need some recommendations.
“The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.”- Alvin Toffler
You might also seek out training and educational opportunities. There are so many ways to learn. Find a video online on a skill that you would like to sharpen or find an interesting course on any of a number of sites for free college classes. The world is waiting to help you grow. Take them up on the offer and implement what you learn.
“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.”- Mahatma Gandhi
You might try seeking feedback from the wise people all around you. Ask how you are doing. Consider their input. Make a plan for improvement. Repeat. Fantastic way to get better.
“You learn nothing from your successes except to think too much of yourself. It is from failure that all growth comes, provided you can recognize it, admit it, learn from it, rise above it, and then try again.”- Dee Hock
You could dedicate yourself to learning from your mistakes. Reframe them as learning. Extract the lesson. Implement an improvement. Repeat. The only mistake is to fail to generate improvement from a failure.
Pick your method. Get started right away.
Just my opinion. What do you think? Let me know in the comments.
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