Staying Ahead of the Curve (And Your Colleagues)
Every smart executive understands that if their business simply maintains the status quo (regardless of present success), they will eventually fall victim to their competitors that continued to the endless practice of innovation. This policy of constant development and growth can, and should, be applied to individuals in the workplace.
Above all else in personal and professional development, I believe in constant learning. If you are not attempting to absorb the greatest amount of information, knowledge, and data, you are running the risk of being lapped and surpassed by your peers and colleagues. Great leaders grow immensely through experiences, but information gives them the tools they need to maximize the gains they can realize through these experiences.
The effectiveness of this practice depends on two critical factors:
1) The presence of a passion within you to be successful (in whichever way you define success) and to continuously grow and develop
2) The willingness and focus to dedicate yourself to learning about a wide range of subjects, regardless of your preconceived notions
If you examine successful individuals (CEOs, professional athletes, Hollywood stars, prominent politicians, etc.), you will note, in most cases, a somewhat prominent ego. It is important to realize that this ego, although it may rub certain people the wrong way, is an integral part of their success. The belief that they deserve to succeed, and will succeed, is derived from the belief that they have the knowledge, and thus, the abilities to achieve the goals they set for themselves.
This recurring cycle of dedication, learning, belief, and success allows individuals to remain in a constant state of growth and development, driving them increasingly closer to their desired state of being. You can be sure that your company and your bosses will place a higher value on the individual with the most knowledge, skills, and initiative, and that individual will be rewarded with better assignments, higher pay, and quicker promotions. Why not make that person you?
Photo Credit: Klinevan