Sometimes, little things can change your perspective in a big way.
Recently, I spent time with the CEO of a large company who is highly dedicated to self-improvement and the development of professional skills. During our far-ranging conversations, I was extremely impressed by the breadth of his knowledge ... and how he could apply it in different areas. He kept making surprising yet relevant connections.
We exchanged recommendations for a number of books about leadership and management, and within 24 hours I ordered everything he suggested. Soon after I started reading the first book, a major focus of mine was changed forever.
As a person who runs a company and who also travels around the country to present 100 seminars every year, I have to be well-organized. I am a student of project planning and management, attending many courses on the subject. In just a few paragraphs, this book taught me a new approach—one that immediately took my work habits to the next level. Thanks to that author, I am now better organized, faster, more efficient and more productive than ever.
My point is that, if you share my belief in lifelong learning, understand that you never know where you'll discover the most valuable information. Make the effort to meet many people, have meaningful conversations with them, and study a wide range of materials—and you will be richly rewarded.