I have finished Great by Choice by Jim Collins this week, and learned so much from the book! The importance of optimizing our choices, being emotionally intelligent, and honoring what we can learn from others are the take-aways I wrote down most frequently while reading.
One of the ways this book has affected me is that it caused me to really reflect on the ways I spend my time outside of the office (learning about 10xers got me thinking I should be doing more!). I realized that I have missed out on some opportunities for enhancing my skills, knowledge, and network due to these (not ideal) choices. It can seem like we need to spend a great deal of time before or after work to accomplish goals for our self-development (i.e., professional development we do on our own time), but I learned that this isn’t so. I just jumped in and started adding a few things here or there these last several weeks. Upon reflection, I realized that I have benefited a great deal already, even with a small amount of time investment so far.
I have started:
1. Making “me” time each day before work a priority. Setting aside time to put ourselves as a priority is not something we think we can do. I think that the practice of doing so helps develop us, helps us reflect on our personal and professional goals, and improves our interactions with others in and out of the office.
2. Spending an hour over the weekend applying a book or some of the podcasts/blogs I follow to my current professional skill development. Not only has this hour increase my knowledge, but it has helped me get involved in some professional organizations (both locally and virtually), and I feel like it is enhancing my network.