We need to be reminded more often than informed.
I stumbled across this aphorism in Marcus Aurelius’ Meditations several months ago.
This past year, I read over a book per week. Impressive, I guess, but valuable? I’m not really sure.
I’ve realized that I’ve been treating the accumulation of knowledge almost like a shopaholic would shopping. It’s consumption, but just in a different form. Knowledge is power, but applied knowledge is way more power. And probably more useful, too.
In December, I constructed notes from 4 books that I really want to apply in my day-to-day life and management of our business over this year. I have been reviewing my notes from these books for a few minutes every single morning. I plan to re-read these books every quarter. I want the knowledge from this particular books to become a core part of my personal operating system through this year.
It struck me that we should bring a similar practice into our business. Many moons ago, my leadership team and I devised several core values for our business. They are great core values. They encapsulate the very best of our business. However, we review them once a quarter. To actually live these core values, we ought to raise them weekly, if not daily. In fact, I’m not entirely sure anybody but us is aware of them.
Normal blog etiquette demands that I end with a prescription. But, I have none. Maybe I have a challenge, and that’s, if you’re a voracious reader, fight against your natural tendencies. Pick a few books that you really love and spend the next year understanding them inside and out.