As I reflect on today’s Labor Day Celebration, I see many people who continue to persevere and make a difference in their companies. It has been a great experience to connect with some of the best business leaders, and up and coming stars in companies.
If you are trying to persevere and succeed with respect to your career, you need to make it a point to learn something everyday. In this day of no guarantees, it is more important than ever to continue to gain new knowledge from articles, books and conferences, but the best learning really comes from directly learning from others.
People who learn everyday have the following characteristics:
Listen more than talk – Too many times, people listen just enough so they can come back with their responses to what they just heard.
Have an awareness of news happening around them – You don’t have to know everything, but if there is a major issue facing the company, you should know enough to have some opinion on what is happening.
Build your knowledge in areas you work with everyday – In this day and age, it is hard to know more than your clients, but you should look for ways to build your products or services around needs of your clients.
Surround with people who know more than you do – The last thing you want to be is an expert on a number of subjects. You need to build a team which has knowledge experts in different areas.
Listen more to clients and start finding ways to meet their needs – These people have some of the best ideas and you can gain a lot of knowledge by working and serving others.
Make sure you connect yourself with some strong mentors – These people can be invaluable as references. In addition, they often share their own tips in running and managing their own businesses.
Don’t expect companies to offer great training programs to help facilitate your new learning. Take it upon yourself and be responsible for your own development. There is a lot of information online, but often the best insights come from interacting with others. This can be accomplished through online connections. I have connected with some great people online. However, don’t forget about the people you work with and make sure you connect with other professionals in your community. These relationships are invaluable when it comes to new learning and growth.