Success in Knowledge-Economy comes to those who know
themselves—their strengths, their values, and how they perform at their best.
Have you ever wondered what some of the worlds greatest achievers, Leonardo da Vinci, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Albert Einstein, Sigmund Freud and Napoleon Bonaparte had in common? They’ve always managed themselves. To a large extent, that made them great achievers. The rarest of exceptions, they were unique and unusual in their talents and accomplishments. This kind of talent and achievements could be considered outside of normal human performance. And if you’re thinking that this kind of success is reserved for only a few, you might be wrong. If managing oneself is one of the prerequisites for success than that could be the first thing to do. No matter where you are coming from or where you might be at this moment, You have the ability to learn to manage yourself.
Why is this so important?
In Knowledge-Economy, managing yourself has become a must-have ability. In order to deal with changes in environment, society, economy, politics, and technology, one must learn to manage itself. Knowledge workers will outlive their organizations and are likely to change jobs and career during their working life at least twice. Companies are not managing their workers’ careers anymore. It’s up to every individual to plan and create their career. Yes, we live in a time of great opportunities, but with opportunities comes great responsibility, personal responsibility that goes beyond the individual as it has wide social implications.
Dear readers, Knowledge workers, here are some questions You should ask Yourselves:
Who am I? What are my strengths? And How do I work?
Where do I belong?
What is my contribution?
What is the quality of my relationships and am I taking relationship responsibility?
Do I have a plan for the second half of my life?
These questions should be your starting point. Difficult? We would like to put it like this: Every question is easy when you know the answer and every question is difficult when you don’t have an answer. Still, the majority of people will stay within the comfort of their everyday lives. On the other hand, there will be a minority, the people who see the opportunity for themselves and for society.
If you don’t manage Yourself, somebody else is going to manage You.