Don’t we all want to get wiser as we get older? We want to make decisions we won’t regret. We want to be big minded not small minded. We want to do great things!
How can we do this when at work and home we are dashing around, checklist in hand, ticking off the day’s to-do’s?
During this week’s Association Chat guest Shelly Alcorn asked something like, what is your personal knowledge acquisition plan? That question captured my attention!
Folks who know me would tell you I’m a total book worm (after all my dad reads books on physics and string theory for fun; would it be possible for me to not grow up a reader?) I read about marketing. I read about building businesses. I read about technology. I read biographies. I read history. I read about psychology. I read about the natural world.
All this reading, whether via audiobook, online, magazine, Kindle, actual paper book and podcast (do podcasts count?), helps me get just a bit wiser, maybe, but mostly all this reading casts a light on bigger, more meaningful questions I want to grapple with. So when Shelly said, what is your personal knowledge acquisition plan, I thought, wow, I need one of these!
Until now I’ve been voraciously reading anything that looked interesting. Anything that would help my work. Or anything that would help me personally. The idea that I should read in a focused way is majorly appealing (and I wonder why I didn’t think of it first?)
I’m still working on Personal Knowledge Acquisition Plan but here are the questions I would personally like to know a lot more about:
- How are rapid advances in technology likely going to impact us? Will we transition to better jobs? Will we have more potential? How free will we be? What might happen to our jobs, economy, government, environment? Will we be happier?
- Why do some change management efforts work while others fail? How can we become much more adept at change management?
- And a personal question: how do I start moving from keynote speaker to Keynoter Speaker (with a capital K?)
What is your Personal Knowledge Acquisition Plan?