I have spent much time listening to, and reading lots on leadership. Often times I learn new things, but I often neglect to put different aspects I’m learning together, or to apply them into my daily life. That seems to be a perpetual problem in 21st Century America. We have information at our disposal, simply with the click of a button. For example, I use my IMBd app all of the time to learn about new movies and actors/ress. Or my Twitter app that directs me directly to my Twitter account. There isn’t a day that goes by where we can’t gather information on any given topic of our choosing.
What do we do with this information? Honestly, it depends. If it’s valuable to me at this time or any time in the near future, then I store it in my mind. On the other hand, if I find it interesting, or informative, but not useful now, then I simply have no set of steps I take. That was until I did some reading and ran across this life changing-quote:
“If a person will spend one hour a day on the same subject for five years,
that person will be an expert on that subject.” – Earl Nightingale
Why is this quote life-changing? It puts the possibility of being an expert into our hands.
So what exactly are we to do with this? Well, we must first start by coming up with 1 or 2 areas we would like to become ‘an expert on.’ This is done through goal setting. I wrote about Taking your Dreams and Turning them into Reality. Once we do so, we must begin gathering books, online articles, blogs, vlogs (video blogs), videos, and even people in which we can learn from. Then comes the next step, schedule time daily to become an expert.
How you do this daily, could be difficult to determine. So, I’ve provided a sample weekly routine that could help you move on. This sample is based on the fact that you would spend 1 hour a day to develop your expertise.
- Monday: Spend 1 hour developing you spiritually! (Read a devotional, study a book of the Bible, etc.).
- Tuesday: Spend 1 hour reading a book on your desired topic (I read books on leadership).
- Wednesday: Spend 30minutes filing quotes, and 30minutes reading the book on your desired topic.
- Thursday: Spend 1 hour listening to a recording on your desired topic (I listen to leadership podcasts).
- Friday: Spend 1 hour filing quotes and reflecting on the contents of Thursday’s material.
I have been told that most Americans spend about 30 hours a week watching the tv. None of which really helps us out in the future. Why not take 1 hour a day to develop your knowledge and expertise?