Tuesday, April 25, 2006

The ABC's of Networking: K is for Knowledge

Knowledge is power. Yes, it is cliche, but it is also true.

If you want to be relevant in your business community and industry, you need to have knowledge. You must be viewed as the "Go To" person on a variety of topics. Yes, doing a good job in your chosen field is important, but only mastering one topic will get you passed over many times.

You need a broad range of interests. You should read newspapers (including the entertainment and sports pages), magazines, trade journals, blogs, websites, and books on a variety of topics.

But wait, you are thinking "It takes a lot of time to read that much". YES, it does. I never said any of this came easy!

Achievement does not happen by accident. You have to prepare for success. And one of the elements in that preparation is knowledge. Time is limited, but once you acquire information it is yours forever. Investing your time in learning new things will always be of benefit.

I once heard it said that "Leaders are Readers". I find that the successful executives I know read and study multiple subjects. They have a natural curiosity about the world and can converse with people from any race, religion, political affiliation, industry, etc....

What have you read today? (Hey, you read
this blog....and "Thank You" for that!!!).

How many books do you read every year?

Can you list the periodicals which you

When was the last time you took a class at
your local university or attended a seminar?

Examine your answers to these questions, then decide if you devote enough time to gaining knowledge.

If you are not doing enough to learn something new everyday, do something about it!!!

Have A Great Day.

Thom Singer

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