Friday, March 12, 2010

20 Years or 1 Year x 20?

How many times have you heard someone say, "I have 20 years experience in this business." While they may have worked in that particular industry for 20 years, chances are their career path looked like this:
- Year One- Worked their tail off. Learning everything they could, reading everything, growing their value.
- Years 2-20- Lived with the "Been there, done that" attitude. They know everything, have done everything, and don't have to read some silly stuff, attend silly seminars, or listen to silly audios.

People wonder why their incomes and their careers have stagnated. Perhaps they should consider the importance of constantly sharpening their life skills, job skills, and value. We cannot control everything that happens in this world, but we can control a lot of our world.

Be part of the 10%! I had an opportunity to meet Brian Tracy the other evening. One of the alarming stats he shared with us is that only 10% of people will seek outside learning experiences. Brian was one of the speakers and authors who I studied very early in my speaking career. Isn't it amazing that 10% of people seek outside learning opportunities, and roughly 10% of people are financially independent? Think about it....
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1 comment:

Felicia Slattery said...

As a speaker trainer myself, a college professor of public speaking since the mid 1990s, and someone who has literally been on stage since age 7 you'd think I'd "been there and done that." But even with a lifetime of experience and knowledge I often am reminded there are teachable moments everywhere.

In fact, I regularly hire my own coaches, consultants, and mentors... people who have attained what I someday hope to attain. I believe there is always more we can learn. We can always better improve our craft. There is another opportunity to hone our skills.

The only way to improve is to work at it.

I'm a life-long learner and am thrilled to see your perspective.

Felicia Slattery