Welcome back to another Stephen Covey blog with lots of explanations! Here are some questions for you to answer.
What is your current level of knowledge in your specific field?
What are you doing to NOT stay current?
What other areas of knowledge are you pursuing?
So, lately I’ve been having some hot sweats — hot sweats of the feelings I used to feel doing things that I absolutely hated to do. 2004, a year where I was DEAD BORED with school. 2005, watching TV all day long and not learning a damn things while saturating myself with sports and other things to keep me busy and away from making rash decisions.
Hell, even when I lived in Australia, or on those boring Saturdays and Sundays off from work…..it was a life of misery, while I was going to college.
Throughout my life, I was never asked about my purpose. I was never asked “do you really like what you’re doing?”
Karen Mulcahy, an ex-university professor, asked me “why do you want to become a dental assistant?”
I replied, “well, I’ve never had a nice smile and I would love to change others smiles because that’s the first thing we see.
First part was wrong, I’ve always had a nice smile, excluding my bottom incisors. However, I didn’t have the ability to change smiles as a dental assistant.
As a dental assistant, what could I have done to improve my knowledge and skills? Oh, ok…let me learn the different types of softwares related to the dental field and possible get paid more.
Get paid more….and then?
It was a dead-end job from the beginning and I was able to escape the rat race of just saying, “let me just making money for the weekend and travel twice a year…enjoy my life only twice a year before going back to a horrendous career.”
Some of you are in that career right NOW! Doing the same tasks and hating your life. I’m inviting you to take the leap.
For those of you who have already made the leap, ask yourself your questions about your specific field.
I was just having a conversation with another English Language tutor, and she said she wanted to go back to university to learn about business, reading, and writing — three things that I’ve learned ON MY OWN. The information is everywhere. I improved my knowledge of subjects taught out here in Thailand and was paid more for doing so.
That was 4 years ago. Since then, the amount of knowledge I have now is unbelievable and continuing to increase.
Don’t Stay Current
You stay current and you will lose. Apple has taken catastrophic hits. Sure, 245 billion in hard cash, but they’re now #3 in the world because they’re no longer innovating and hiking prices even more…with the same functions. This is a dead company.
If you’re not looking 5-10 years ahead and not innovating, you will fall way behind.
The areas I continue pursuing is insight and revelation. I want to continue learning and learning from people as much as possible because i know with experiences and collaboration brings some of the greatest heights of anyone’s life. That will be talked about in another blog, but please take these questions into account and start jotting down ideas.