Join a gang!
by Tim Paulsen
We are always learning. Even those people who do nothing all day are learning a lesson: ‘success belongs to those who do rather than those who whine and snivel. (Or wine and snivel for that matter.)
Your momma gave you some advice and I’m going to repeat it here: ‘Hang around with better people.’
Busy? Of course you are. But here are two simple methods to hang out with the best at little cost and time:
Read: Fiction not included, only biographies and business books. Become selective, see if you can dip into it somewhere. You’re going to spend some time with the author, make sure it is one you like. Even then, your commitment is only for a minimum of ten minutes per day.
Another tip: Keep track of the books you read, titles and author. You’ll want to get back to some of them in the future.
Join a gang: Your knowledge and career prospects will improve when you belong to an association that consists of your peers and one that contains at least a sampling of your customers. Why join? Oddly enough, for some of the same reasons that our younger people may want to join a gang: A sense of family, some protection, a positive peer network, tradition and not least of all, to appear cool.
Once again, be selective. You can’t soar with the eagles if you hang out with turkeys. Find groups or associations that meet you needs, drop in for a meeting or two before you commit, but when you do, go all the way and get involved. A good test of a good group for you is when they make you forget to check your phone for an hour or so.
P.S. If there is not a good group/association in your area – start one.
P.S.S. If you are in the Toronto area region and involved in credit, I suggest you visit the Credit Association of Greater Toronto. Depending on your credit business, it may contain both peers and customers. Two birds with one stone. How’s that for time management? See, I told you that reading would rub off in the right ways!