With that in mind, I created a new project for myself that I call the Career Capital project. After a light bulb went off in my head and some encouragement from my editor, I thought this blog would provide a great way for me to really focus this new project. I realized that, with my reading lists, I have a built-in and constant store of ideas to learn. I officially have more ideas than I can learn in my lifetime.
But how do I become more purposeful about it? How do I make sure I assimilate all the information that I am taking in, especially the more complex and academic ideas? It’s one thing to read a paragraph slowly to myself in the quiet of my house and think, “Yeah, okay, I get that,” and another for that new idea to impact my decision making when shooting from the hip in a pitch meeting with a potential new client.
To prove you know something, you have to teach it back. They say that any idea you can communicate to a lay person is an idea you have truly mastered. So, I need to practice relaying ideas to other people. “However can I do THAT?” I wonder. If only I had a platform to publish …
Right. You see where this is going.
My idea is to have a “what I learned this week” series. I’ll write down one thing that I found interesting from one of my books, mostly to explain it to myself again. After making sure I understand the idea, I’ll let you know why that idea might be interesting or useful for you.
My reading lists were already built for being purposeful for my own study. The Business Guru reading list was designed specifically to help business owners sort through and distill the ideas that are out there in the world. Economics has always been a passion of mine and underpins everything in the freaking world, so it is always applicable.
What I DID change, however, was my focus. Some of the lists were turned off: History, Physics, Philosophy, High Finance, and General. These are all great lists and things I find interesting but will not help me get better at what I do. At least not right now.
I added a new one: Career Capital. These are books that are all very technical and very focused on a specific task. I want to get more involved with clients who have larger businesses, in operational and strategy ideas, and in valuations and exit planning. I have done this kind of work before, but usually as it presents itself to me. My hope with these guides is to really hone my skills and knowledge to give me the confidence to aggressively pursue that kind of work.
The books are all part of The Economist’s “Guides” series. They are each focused on specific topics. The one I am currently reading is called “The Guide to Economic Indicators.” I am learning all about how GDP, housing starts, unemployment figures, etc. are reported and intended to be used to determine where the economy is going.
So, I am taking the advice that I got from So Good They Can’t Ignore You, and you should, too. Decide what you want to do or be, figure out what skills you need to become that, and start studying. Hopefully, before we know it, we will both be so good they can’t ignore us.