I have read many books on business and professional development. Some of my favorites include classics from Drucker and Collins along with new takes on old concepts from Godin and Fried. The result of all this reading is a Groundhog Day sequence of clarity quickly distinguished by opposing perspectives presented in the next book I read. Perhaps a quick summary of advice recently read will help convey my point.
Email works best; don’t email people, it bogs them down. Meetings contribute to efficiency; people are either doing work or meeting about work but they can’t do both at once. Nothing can replace an in-person meeting; utilize technology so that you don’t have to travel to meet in person. Find out what you are good at and delegate the rest; if you want something done right, do it yourself. Sleep at least eight hours a night; wake up at 4am and begin your day so that you can keep up with current events and industry trends; Drink a glass of wine when you get home; don’t drink. Attend as many networking events as you can; networking events are a waste of time. Get an MBA; learn on the job. Multitasking is crucial to success in todays business world; multitaskers end up doing a little of everything and all of nothing.
You get the point right? Take my advice – we are all different. Do what works the best for you and try to enjoy yourself while doing it!
Written by: Blue Water CEO, Curt Schwab