“Becoming” is a state of continuous learning and redefinition. The moment you stop Becoming, you start an inevitable slide towards irrelevance.
Kevin Kelly defined the term “Becoming” as one of the most prevalent trends in the next 30 years that will make or break businesses as well as individuals. He defines “Becoming” as; “technology is taking us to protopia. More accurately, we have already arrived in protopia. Protopia is a state of becoming, rather than a destination. It is a process. In the protopian mode, things are better today than they were yesterday, although only a little better.”
This past Sunday was Mother’s Day and its obvious that none of us would be here if it wasn’t for our mothers. They are truly foundational to our current success!
There are many things that we are taught in our childhood that form the foundation of who we are today. Our mothers are huge contributors to these foundations. My mother did an exceptional job at providing a solid foundation that I have used to build my life on.
Back in the late 1500’s, Francis Bacon, a renowned English philosopher, statesmen, scientist, and author stated that “Reading maketh a full man, discussion a ready man and writing an exact man.”
Basically, what he was saying is that reading about something but never doing anything with the new knowledge limits our growth as individuals. According to Bacon we need to discuss what we read or learn and then write about it.
How Discussion Helps With Learning
This week’s book review is Smart Thinking by Art Markman, PHD.
Smart Thinking explores three essential keys to solving problems, innovating and getting things done. Basically, Smart Thinking requires developing Smart Habits to acquire High Quality Knowledge and to apply your knowledge to achieve your goals. A Smart Habit is the repetition of a desired behavior until it becomes an engrained habit. High Quality Knowledge is accurate and tested knowledge without gaps or inaccuracies.
If a business leader wants to remain relevant in today’s dynamic marketplace they must always be learning. One of the best ways to learn and increase your knowledge is by reading.
Active reading, where you highlight important information and take notes on what is being read, is even one step better! Putting the highlighted passages and notes into a format that can be shared with others or reviewed at another time kicks learning up to a whole new level!
I have always been a voracious reader but I lacked the discipline required to go back to the books and pull out the highlights and notes. Because of that lack of discipline, I often spent many unnecessary hours searching through volumes of books for something I had read that I needed for my business.
Then Amazon changed everything . . .