Managing oneself for #careerlions
The other day I was talking to a friend and asking him how he was doing lately. He answered with: “You know, always striving for greatness”. Where I responded with: “Aren’t we all?” Over the past few years I have seen all of my friends graduating and starting their adult life one by one. While I feel grateful for having the greatest friends around it also got me wondering with how everyone managed to be at the place they’re at and on their way to make their dreams happen. My conclusion? It all starts with Managing Oneself. In his little book – of only 57 pages – Peter F. Drucker revealed his secrets to one of life’s most important basics of managing your life. And today, I am revealing those secrets to you. Here are my three takeaways from the book.
Feedback analysis to identify strengths
Whenever you are making an important decision or taking a particular action, write down your action or decision and the expected outcome. In a few months or years’ time, compare the actual outcome with the expected one and perform feedback analysis. By taking this approach one will be able to better understand and identify their strengths (and weaknesses).
Find out how you learn
People’s learning styles differ. One might learn from listening, while the other learns from reading or talking. Find out your personal preference to optimize learning capabilities. As for me, I like to learn from listening and talking about it afterward. But to really internalize it, I need to write it down either in full text or schematize it for myself.
Prepare for the second half of your career
In today’s world, life expectancies are only getting higher and higher. This means you will have a longer work life than generations before us. From that perspective, it’s quite the logical outcome that people endeavor in a second or even third career. Drucker’s message on that is that one should start investing in that now, rather than later. People that intend to start with that later on in life, tend to not even start at all.
What about you? What are your tools and tactics to manage yourself? Will you be purchasing Drucker’s’ guide to managing your life?