As you go about your routine, have you built in time for ongoing personal development?
For me, I take at least 20 minutes a day to get a feel for what other people are doing— people I respect. I call this “continuing education” and the way it works for me is I check in from time to time on people who I know are more successful, more effective, and have a bigger following than me.
Oprah – businesswoman extraordinaire
His Holiness the Dalai Lama – religious figure
Marshall Goldsmith – thought leader
Michio Kaku – physicist and futurist
TED.org — a great introduction to what smart people are doing worldwide
What are you doing to think better? As an A+ student in high school, I considered myself at the head of the class, but when I entered an Ivy Leage for college, I realized that there were plenty of people brighter than me — so I started to focus on my core attributes and develop a success mindset that goes beyond any kind of limitation for my own abilities and instead builds up the abilities of my community and clients, as a whole. All of us working together achieve more.
What are your core attributes? What are the unique skills and talents that you have in your life? Entrepreneurship, for many of us, means showing up, being focused, finding the right people to help, and identifying and sharing a clear vision.
Who do you “follow” who is just a little bit more than you — maybe they’re more senior, or they’re more networked, or they’re more green, or they’re more sustainable.
Find someone who is performing at a higher level, and find out how they do it and what makes them “tick.”
In my Facebook account, I’ve grouped these people into my “Influentials” list and I review it when I check my news feed. Let’s face it — not everyone has a stimulating status update, but when you get a sense of how these A+ people operate and what moves them during their regular day, you can learn how to achieve on their level.
Cindy Morris says
I do think it is helpful to see what others are doing but sometimes it can be overwhelming if we get into what I call “comparison” mode. We can all learn ways to improve our businesses and our lives but I think it is also important to acknowledge our own accomplishments so we don’t feel like we are playing ‘catch up” to someone else’s path. There will always be those who have more, know more, are more than me. Sometimes It is important to just feel ok with how far I ahve come and toi give myself a rest in the comapring race.
Cindy Morris says
oops! See what I mean? My computer just went wild and posted the previous comment before I had a chance to clean up the typos! I KNOW someone out there is a WAY better computer user than I am! At least I finally am USING the computer!
Sometimes SUCCESS is more about being ok with our accomplishments so far than being driven to be like someone else.
Cindy Morris, msw
Great reminder this morning! Basic principles, but unless you do something with them, they can’t help you achieve new levels. Thanks! Great read.
Monica S. Flores says
We’re both Aggies! and I figure if I survived multiple winters in Ithaca, I know I can pretty much survive anything 😉