Your greatest asset is your name. Second greatest is what you know. Third greatest is not who you know, but who knows you. Think about it.
What you know gets you started and what you don’t know puts you out of business. All too often we do not know what we do not know. That’s why we succeed with help of mentors more often than not. The other path is learning by our mistakes. Thomas Edison said when asked about failing 10,000 times attempting to invent the light bulb, “I learned 10,000 ways not to build a light bulb.”
Our world turns too fast to learn 10,000 ways how not to do something when Malcolm Gladwell writes that it takes 10,000 hours applied to any endeavor to be good if not great at it. You know things I do not and rather than learn them on my own I would rather learn them from you, provided what you know is proven and can be implemented by me. I know things you do not and it is more prudent to learn them from me than struggling on your own. I believe that is called education and training.
A surprising thing I’ve learned from teaching others is that I get better at what I teach. By writing how to perform better at a task, I perform better. That takes us back to Malcolm Gladwell and “the 10,000 hour rule” written about in his book Outliers (available at Amazon.com). No matter what it is you want to do, you have to do it consistently every day if you want to become good at it. That doesn’t mean simply being on a job for 10 years gives you 10-years’ experience. You have to work at it to be experienced. Or you have to hire someone with the experience.
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