Here are a few articles and blog posts that have gotten me thinking recently:
(Note that I often tweet these articles as soon as I find them with the @Primility Twitter account.)
The first two articles were actually tweeted out this morning my Michael Lombardi. You might not expect such universally applicable content to be tweeted by a guy who spends most of his days talking about the NFL, but apparently that is an erroneous assumption.
The Start-Up of You by Thomas Friedman
Whatever you may be thinking when you apply for a job today, you can be sure the employer is asking this: Can this person add value every hour, every day — more than a worker in India, a robot or a computer? Can he or she help my company adapt by not only doing the job today but also reinventing the job for tomorrow? And can he or she adapt with all the change, so my company can adapt and export more into the fastest-growing global markets? In today’s hyperconnected world, more and more companies cannot and will not hire people who don’t fulfill those criteria.
I can state with absolute certainty that at our company we absolutely make decisions like this. The importance of being lean and nimble, especially in the tech industry, cannot be understated. Thus, anyone who is not pushing the envelope and providing value beyond tactical work is dead weight. And dead weight will sink you. So don’t be dead weight.
Ten Principles to Live By in Fiercely Complex Times by Tony Schwartz
7. Accept yourself exactly as you are but never stop trying to learn and grow. One without the other just doesn’t cut it. The first, by itself, leads to complacency, the second to self-flagellation. The paradoxical trick is to embrace these opposites, using self-acceptance as an antidote to fear and as a cushion in the face of setbacks.
There is an element of primility in that particular principle: embracing the opposites. Find a way to make two opposing forces work together. It’s powerful. As are the rest his principles.
10 Ways to Beat Online Obscurity by Demian Farnworth for Copyblogger
5. Promote other people to promote yourself
No doubt about it: we are fixated on ourselves.
You have to fight that and purposely find people doing wonderful things and share their work with the world.
Write blogs the showcase their work. Spread their work on Twitter. And if it doesn’t come naturally to you, then schedule this into your day.
For those of you who are not copywriters, you may wonder what kind of value you can get from a site like Copyblogger. I’ll tell you: a lot. Not only could everyone benefit from learning about the art of how to structure words or craft a sales pitch or any of the other myriad topics discussed at Copyblogger, but often the lessons can applied to other areas of life.
Take the one above. Maybe you don’t blog or tweet. Fine. You can still seek out ways to promote others in your life. What better way to “pay it forward” or grow your karma than by lifting up or lauding someone else?
How to Compete with Generation Z by Penelope Trunk (the Brazen Careerist)
But what I’m saying is that you can follow your passion within constraints. I don’t think lifelong learning is about turning on a dime, switching on a whim. I think it’s following old paths and layering them with new, internally generated questions. But you need to be on some sort of path to have a stable place to form a question.
This post focuses on the importance of learning; specifically, Ms. Trunk focuses on the importance of adults making it a point to continue learning (and relearning and unlearning) perpetually.
7 Steps to Becoming Unstuck and More Productive by Michael Hyatt
Productivity is like any skill. The more you practice it, the better you get. Don’t get discouraged if you don’t initially make as much progress as you want. Stick with the process and expect to improve. You will!
Mr. Hyatt provides seven simple, easy-to-digest and implement strategies for becoming more productive, including recommending a couple of tools that web procrastinators may find very useful.