Knowledge is Power

by C.J. McClanahan - April 21st, 2011

I had lunch with an extremely talented CEO the other day.

It was the first time that we had met and as I often do in these meetings, I asked him about his background, both personal and professional.

Throughout our conversation, he talked about a handful of lessons that had shaped his career and led to his success. These lessons often came from a mentor or a good book.

What I found interesting (and typical for most of the highly successful people I have met) is that he attributed most of his success to a handful of very simple lessons that he had learned over a 30-year career. It was these “turning points” in life that provided him with the knowledge and confidence to achieve his dreams.

The same is true for each of us. Our success if is a direct result of the decisions that we make and the decisions we make are based upon our knowledge and experience. Thus, the better your knowledge, the better your decisions and ultimately your results.

Unfortunately, most people undervalue learning. As you probably know, the average adult reads less than one non-fiction book per year.

As a society, we have convinced ourselves that we are too busy to learn.

I would argue that our ability to process and interpret information is a key competitive advantage in a commoditized world.

What are you doing to improve yourself?

C.J. McClanahan
Reachmore Strategies

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