This weekend I took some time to participate in one of my favorite and relaxing activities.
You guessed it …. Flying! I have been a private pilot for 12 years and I find it to be one of the most enjoyable activities, individually or with the family.
This weekend’s activity was individual. It is crucial for a pilot of any level of certification to stay current. Certainly, one would expect this with your commercial airline pilots or the fighter jocks that (deservedly so) get all the glory. Well the same is true for a private pilot, there are standards of currency we must maintain to legally fly.
This got me to thinking about one’s professional life and the mentoring of sales people I have participated in throughout my career. Every time I work with a sales team member I work into the conversation, “What are you currently reading?” I am astounded by how often I get that 1000-mile stare, or the sheepish grin when I hear the title of the latest novel (at least in this case they are reading something!).
There are so many great business authors both established and contemporary to check out. There are also great leaders to read about so we can learn by their example and how they overcame challenges. If you don't like to read there are dozens of terrific videos on YouTube for FREE!!! So, you can’t even complain about the cost, it’s there for the simple investment of a little time.
So, let me ask you. Are you current? When I turn the key on my Cessna Cardinal you hope and expect me to be current (and certainly the F.A.A. does). Don’t you owe it to yourself, your family and customers to be current in your professional life? Challenge yourself to read one business book or one book about one great leader per month, I think you will be pleasantly surprised with the positive results you will see, because you will be current.
By the way, your customers and co-workers, perhaps even your manager, will notice the difference.