Just the other day, I was reading this article by Success Magazine editor Darren Hardy and I thought it really made some good points so I thought I would share it with you on today’s blog.
The landscape of how business is run is going through a major change right now. Like nothing we have ever seen before. The reason for this is the dramatic changes occurring that allow for instant communication with anyone in the world. This has never been possible at any point in history. It really is a level playing field for anyone to do about anything they want to do. There are no limits anymore.
Now, you can make a living doing literally anything you want or desire to do. The key is finding like-minded people who are interested in the same thing you are wanting to sell. With communication like it is now, you can find those people easier than you have ever been able to in the past. Literally, the sky is the limit.
Along with that though comes a greater level of competition than ever before in history. You no longer have to be a leader high up in a company to have access to markets of potential customers.
The point Darren makes about a skills gap is right on. The skills you have as a person are what will keep you competitive in this ever-changing world. You can either choose to develop your skills as a person and move with the times or you can choose to stay stagnant and not grow your skills or yourself as a person and you will find yourself falling farther and farther behind.
A commitment to personal development is the key to continuing to develop your skills and staying competitive in this world. We need to devote time each day to read or listen to something that will improve ourselves and develop a skill set that makes us valuable.
It can be a simple as setting aside 15 minutes each day to read something or listen to something. You could get some audio self-help cds and listen to them in your car instead of the radio. Choosing to do this instead of listening to the radio can take care of those 15 minutes. 15 minutes spent each day for a year equals 5,475 minutes. That is 91.25 hours over the course of a year. If you devote one hour each day, that would be 21,900 minutes or 365 hours over a years time. You get the idea. Small amounts of time committed to personal development lead to large amounts of time over time if you do it regularly.
I would recommend finding an area that is of personal interest to you and work to develop your knowledge in this area. You should enjoy learning about this topic. Becoming an expert at one particular topic is better than having a general understanding of many topics. Once you have become an expert in this area, you then have a knowledge and skill set developed that makes you very valuable and marketable to other people who share an interest in this topic, but don’t know what you know.
I would encourage you to make the commitment in this coming year to devoting yourself daily to personal development. A great place to start is with this blog. This blog is all about personal development. I tackle many different topics and try to post as often as I can. I devote time each day to reading personal development articles, to listening to personal development cds and as I run across ideas of things that are really good and will be helpful to others, I share them in the form of this blog to you. In sharing we can all learn together.
If you find these blogs helpful, please continue to read them. If you know someone who you think might benefit from reading these blogs, please share the link with them so they can read them too. If you have not subscribed to my blog, you can do so and an email version of each of my blogs will be emailed to you so you know each time a new one comes out.
As the last blog of this year, I just want to thank everyone who has read my blog since it’s formation in April of 2011. I have learned so much and immensely love writing them. I hope you will continue to read what I put out and that you will find them helpful to you in your lives and your personal development journey. I want to emphasize that I write about subjects that are of interest to me, but I am very interested in what subjects you would like to learn more about. I would encourage you to reply back to this blog and let me know if there is a particular topic that you would like to have me blog about. I am really open to any topic. If I don’t know anything about it, I will learn through the process. Therein lies the magic of advanced communication and how we can use it to improve our skill sets and lives together.
Thanks for all your support in 2011 and I look forward to bigger and better things in 2012. See you on the other side!
The Haves and Have-nots
by Darren Hardy
The gap is widening. Which will you be?
We are standing on the precipice of 2012. Still at the beginning of one of the greatest periods of opportunity ever in human history. While there has always been opportunity, the sea of changes we’ve experienced over the past few years have unearthed possibilities unlike anything ever seen before — particularly for the budding entrepreneur.
As Industrial Age corporate structures and monolithic systems begin to crumble, those who once maintained unquestioned power have been dethroned, and everything — I mean, everything — is up for grabs.
This, combined with recent technological innovations, has changed the game forever. Today, we are all wired directly to each other. No one has exclusive access to markets or distribution channels.
Your local community is no longer your only marketplace — the entire world is, instantly, 24/7. The world has been made flat, and so has the playing field of opportunity.
Fifty years from now your children and children’s children will look back with envy — wishing they were you, right here, right now, in 2012, when this new frontier was still unclaimed.
But be forewarned. This newly leveled playing field also brings unrivaled competition — not just from the business down the street or members of your local chamber of commerce. Your new competition is in every neighborhood, every chamber of commerce, every main street in the world… and every basement or bedroom occupied by a teenager with a laptop.
As we experience this duality of unparalleled opportunity and voracious competition, the gap will continue to widen between the haves and have-nots. This gap will not be caused by disparities in education, entitlements, wealth or class. It will be a skills gap.
Staying competitive in the 21st century will be directly related to your ability to adapt, grow and continually improve your skills. Now more than ever, a ceaseless commitment to your personal development will be your greatest asset in staying relevant and distinguishing you from the competition.
These are times of enormous opportunity, but only for those who prepare themselves to seize those opportunities.
The starter’s gun has been fired.