"Ever since I was a child I have had this instinctive urge for expansion and growth. To me, the function and duty of a quality human being is the sincere and honest development of one's potential." - Bruce Lee, Chinese actorI've been an over-achiever for as long as I can remember. I was never satisfied with average grades. I wanted to excel in every job I ever had, not just show up for work. And as an entrepreneur since 1982, if there was something new to learn that would help me or my business become stronger or more effective, I wanted to know about it and figure out how to implement it.
But if you're a success-oriented person, too, you know that you can get into trouble at times with this kind of approach. Do you ever get overwhelmed by the sheer number of skills you want to master or the behaviors you want to change? Maybe you have an unrealistic expectation about what you can reasonably learn in a given period of time. Or you try to do many things at once and don't end up doing well at any of them.
If any of this sounds familiar, you'll appreciate the tips that Denny Coates shares in this final segment of my interview series with him. You'll get encouragement for combining lifelong learning with a sensible approach that helps you achieve the results you're hoping for.
What's your approach to learning a new skill? If you find yourself trying to take on too many at once, you'll get better results if you pursue ONE at a time.
You can watch the seven others videos here…
#1 – 4 Vital Things Every Leader Must Do
#2 – Why People Usually DON’T Give Their Best Effort
#3 – Leader Skills Are NOT Enough
#4 - Leaders Learn Best ON THE JOB, Not in the Classroom
#5 - Why Leadership Habits Take Time to Ingrain
#6 - Learn from Experience with 5 Magic Questions
#7 - Why Leader Skills Are Also Life Skills