As a follow up to my guest lecture on Leadership to the Sales Management class at FSU, here are the resources that will help you cut through the clutter of all the information you will be beseiged with at the beginning of your professional career:
1. Peter Senge’s book, The Fifth Discipline which I hope is as much of a “game-changer” as it is for you as it has been for me.
2. Robert Fritz’s book, The Path of Least Resistence, which you should read before you graduate.
3. Steve Jobs’ commencement address at Stanford must be understood.
These are all references I wish I knew when I was in your seat.
I’ve also put together notes for my two young boys; kind of a “I wish I knew then, what I know now,” so they can maybe grasp some of these concepts at an early age and surpass my attainment in knowledge and ultimately have the capacity to do whatever they wish in life.
Below are some life lessons I’ve learned that I hope you can learn early, if you haven’t already. You’ve undoubtedly heard some of these before, but I’ve personally experienced them as a truth. Don’t let a cliche get in the way of abosorbing a concept.
1. One person really can change the world, and often times, it is the only way.
2. Perserverance and passion separate the good from the great almost every time.
3. Truly persue your dreams.
4. Learn now how to manage information- the world is full of bad ideas.
5. Focus on the important, not always the urgent
6. Manage your personal brand; this is a key to success.
7. Successful people are typically great storytellers.
8. Create what you want. “Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.” – George Bernard Shaw
9. “Live it” to be successful.
10. Pursue the best argument- have a commitment to the truth.
11. Get on the right side of gravity (especially in this economy)
12. Be an expert in technology.
13. Focus on personal mastery, but live to serve others.
14. Live a balanced life.
15. You take charge of your education and development. Don’t leave it in the hands of someone else.
16. Beware of people that seem to know everything.
17. Establish values and live them every day, no matter what.
18. Those that have givenup on their dreams will discourage you from yours.
19. The grass is always greener where you water it.