I like the statement from John Maxwell I found in Tim Sanders’ Love is the Killer App: “You only gain knowledge from two sources: the people you know and the books you read.”
How true this is. We get real substantive and life-giving information from our learnings and our networks. Charlie Jones stated, “The only difference from where you are right now, and where you’ll be one year from now, are the books you read and the people you meet.”
Think about the economics of a knowledge economy. Wikipedia makes the following assertion:
“The economics is not of scarcity, but rather of abundance. Unlike most resources that deplete when used, information and knowledge can be shared, and actually grow through application.”
Isn’t that neat? The more you give the more valuable you can become. It is not the old economy of scarcity. How can you create more value for yourself? How about by giving your knowledge. Broaden your network. Grow.
You will be doing yourself a great favor of increasing your personal value to the world. The world has a way of recognizing and repaying back value.
There may be obstacles keeping you from growing. Attack them with relentless fury. Turn off the TV. Get rid of the excuses. Associate with people that motivate you to become more than you are. This is what it means to get serious about growing and breaking the script which works against you.
Many of my habits are from the rigor of pushing aside the things that were holding me back. I got serious about growing my mind and it became more important than the things I formerly held to. It’s difficult, but it’s rewarding. At the end of the day, all you have is your talent and knowledge. With this, you can make a world of difference.
What areas would you like to grow in?