There is no doubt that the digital revolution is bringing a lot of improvement to our professional growth.With just one click you can get almost all the most updated information on a product, a company or the best business investment available.
A survey revealed that the first top 4 leading digital marketing are LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube. And Knowledge is the most valuable product being exposed on those channels.
For example, with 63 millions monthly users, an average user spends 17 minutes monthly on LinkedIn. This bring us to an average of 30 seconds of learning a day!
Such data makes me question how much could be learned in such a short period of time knowing that our brain need to process information and demand constant practice to integrate knowledge into our skills.
The speed at which information flows on the digital world may become a danger for our generation if we do not take time to be selective on what we consume on social media. And after selecting the best channels and the best information we need to grow ourselves for a better professional outcome, we still have to apply the Read-Reflect-Act process to make sure we benefit 100% from the knew knowledge.
If an hour is invested daily using the above learning process, it’s estimated that one will be among the top professionals in our specialty area after 2 years.
Why don’t you try it on these weekly motivations? It could be a good start since these speeches are crafted from the leading social media channel in the World.
First, read all the motivation speeches and select the one that captivate you the most as it’s related to your professional area.
Second, reflect on it by rewriting it down in your own words. Use a dictionary if necessary to understand it better. Google the author name to know more about him/her because it could help you have a better insight of the context. You will therefore understand what is being said from the author’s view.
Third, take action by answering the question : “How can I apply this knowledge to grow myself, my skills or my business?”
1.“You may never believe you are great. A great mother, a great partner, a great entrepreneur, a great leader… And that’s ok. Lead anyway and just keep trying to be better, without letting natural self doubts limit you.”(Stella & Dot Family Brands founder and CEO Jessica DiLullo Herrin)
2. “Focusing on what should be done after having a difficult conversation is just as important as having the conversation itself.” (Kalaari managing director Vani Kola)
3.“This is an ideal time for every workplace to reflect and review the support mechanisms and programs in place to promote staff mental wellbeing.”(Workskil Australia CEO Nicole Dwyer)
4. “The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.” (Alvin Toffler)
5. “You never know when you’ll meet your next investor, customer, or partner.”(Knowlly founder Andrèz Coco)
6.“But just because it’s not easy to address these complex issues doesn’t mean we shouldn’t do what’s right and tackle them head-on.” (Mylan CEO Heather Bresch)
7. “Growth happens when you’re stretched. Growth happens when you’re pushed. Growth happens when you’re forced to overcome challenges, obstacles and self-doubt. If you aren’t uncomfortable, you aren’t growing.” (Jeff Haden, Author)
8. “It is hard to summon a sense of hope and self-worth when you’re on your own. So you squeeze out any semblance of progress you can find, and then you celebrate it. One of the greatest motivators is a sign of progress.” (Adobe’s Scott Belsky)
I was really challenged by the 4th motivation speech as I notice that the business and professional world is changing very fast due to quality knowledge. I am more committed to invest an hour everyday to learn from a professional platform, a book or a success model.
I would be glad to know which of the above declarations challenged you to become a better professional and compelled you to reflect and act on it.
Herve Ngate. Author/Writer/ Cross-Cultural Psychologist and Communications Trainer