Sharpen Your Life: 52 Strategic Moments to Create a Lifetime of Success

If you know anything about me, then you know I am motivated by the opportunity to learn new things. I just recently read a great book that provided some unique perspectives and helpful reminders. If you have time for a quick read, check out Sharpen Your Life: 52 Strategic Moments to Create a Lifetime of Success by Joe Jordan.

Here are some of my highlights from the reading…

  • “Take the time to find a corporate culture that suits you.”
    • In my opinion, this hasn’t been top-of-mind for most Baby Boomers and Generation X’ers. Millennials seem to be prioritizing this more and I think they are onto something. In order for us to be our authentic selves, it helps to be in a comfortable environment which aligns to who we are, what we believe, and how we behave.
  • Take risks and don’t be afraid to stretch yourself.
    • This seems to be harder to do with age, but it is absolutely part of living a fulfilled life.
  • “A Carnegie Mellon University study found that brain activation for listening dropped 53 percent if the person listening tried to process a visual input at the same time.”
    • As much as we would like to be or think we are, we can’t really multi-task!
  • “Your future resides where preparation intersects with opportunity.”
    • Life is a journey and we must continue to push ourselves in preparation for the opportunities that will come our way. Opportunities will come, but will we be prepared to recognize them and act on them (take a risk)?
  • “No one has your abilities, strengths, and experience in the same package as you. Your blend of accomplishments, personality, and expertise are your differentiators.”
    • Great perspective.
  • “Whatever your skill set, your greatest competitive edge is being authentically you.”
    • We need to embrace what it is that we know the most.
  • “The success of any enterprise always depends on people. Be wary of corporate leaders that use terms to describe people that could interchangeably describe a piece of equipment.”
  • “Many people die with their music still in them.”
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