K in Breakthrough equals Knowledge
Today is number 5 in the twelve part series on learning how to Breakthrough to the Next Level.
K in Breakthrough equals Knowledge
Knowledge is your advantage for every breakthrough in your life. It is the catalyst for finding new and better ways to implement your strategies and tactics for success. I had given some thought to using the word Kaizen for Knowledge. The reason I didn’t is due to more people use this term for business reasons than the original intention or definition of Kaizen. The original definition called for continuous improvement in a holistic environment thus covering all functional areas from personal to social to business.
Yet, I regress. As I thought about the word knowledge, I realized this was the path I had taken over three decades ago. At that time, I was not considered a reader of books and honestly while possessing above average knowledge – I was lagging behind in several areas of my life – due to a lack of knowledge and understanding. Starting three decades ago I began a reading campaign that is still going on today. Today, I have a reputation with clients and friends as being very knowledge about a number of areas – a generalist with in-depth understanding of how things work.
So why did I begin this campaign for knowledge? It was quite simple really. I listened to a master mentor and learned how he had become so knowledgeable about so many things. And, I studied how the guru’s of the day became so wise in their lifetime. After reading about people like Peter Drucker (who is considered by most experts as a management guru) who were actively engaged in learning well into their lives, I realized I could have wisdom and knowledge.
My mentor had actually stated that if I became curious about a topic, then find a minimum of five books from different authors and read all of them. After reading all the books, you will see the process used by each of the authors and learn the how to do it from each one. Interesting enough, the process will be the same, yet, the emphasis will be placed on different parts or milestones of the process. This is how you expand your range of knowledge about a subject. Each author will explain sections differently – some better, some with less info. The key for you is to recognize the process. Then you will understand how it – the process – works and you will be able to articulate the process. Most people only read one book and follow the lead of the author with or without true knowledge and understanding.
The other point to make here is the rate of change – which is the reason to increase your intake of information. Today, there is more information coming at us than every before. When I started college back in the mid-60’s, information was doubling every 10 years. Therefore, you could keep up in your profession if you just continued to read in your field of work every so often. Today however, information is doubling every three years! This is significant.
With information doubling every three years, it is has a significant impact upon you and your level of knowledge. This means that each year – one third of what you currently know will become obsolete during the year! Therefore, you must learn at a rapid rate to just remain current. We call it maintenance learning to keep your knowledge current.
You will have to learn more to get ahead. Thus, to be knowledgeable – learning something new every month is the key – actually learning something every day is better. To become a knowledgeable expert, you must be continuously learning or you are falling behind others. Take learning seriously and it will give you a competitive advantage.
Whenever you need to breakthrough the routine, you need to have new knowledge and information to make the correct and necessary moves. Knowledge and the ability to apply your knowledge becomes the important advantage for moving to the next level of performance.
So the action question is… What Are You Doing to Increase Your Knowledge?