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How to Turn Information into Leadership and Career Success

“You have to leave the city of your comfort and go into the wilderness of your intuition. What you’ll discover will be wonderful. What you’ll discover will be yourself.” -- Alan Alda (actor, director, screenwriter)

During turbulent times, when seeking information on what to do next, the best answers for arriving at new possibilities require deeper questions. It is a time for reinventing the knowledge you have with creativity and vision.

This has been called “The Information Age.” It isn’t difficult to get answers or acquire information on any subject you may be seeking. Information is prolific on the Internet, in learning institutions and organizations, written material, DVD’s, CD’s, and a multitude of other resources. The tools to get information are available 24/7 – non-stop.

The Information Age encourages learning in order to obtain skills and data; to be smarter in a chosen field so as to increase the probability of a sustainable career; to get an above average income; to lead you on your right track to a fulfilling life; and to entertain you.

Information by itself is flat! Think of all the books lying around or logging into your computer and displaying all kinds of information. The information is not active, even if on a video. Information has no power. Information is a powerful tool to get what you want, but until you acquire it, and put what you have learned to use, it remains tucked away. Carpenters don’t buy drills because they want a drill; they want the results it will give – holes!

What is valuable about the information is the meaning it has to you and your environment. If learning to be an archeologist inspires you, then learning what there is to learn in becoming one is important to you; whereas someone who likes to be around live events and living people would find archeology uninviting.

To have knowledge is a wonderful asset, and it’s useless when not ignited by a burning desire to use that knowledge for a purpose you set in motion. Imagine listening to a listless salesperson. He approaches you with a lack-luster attitude soliciting his products or services. What are you thinking? Is this someone you want to purchase from? Do you really want to become a client? How fast do you want to get away?

Have you ever met a salesperson who believed in what she was selling with such enthusiasm and gusto that you purchased from her even though you may not have had a need for it at the time? The salesperson knew the benefits of her products and services. She was engaging because she took the information and brought it to life with her sincere passion in what she was offering.

Here are a few questions to ponder when using information to transcend from where you are to where you want to be:

• How are you using your information to transcend in your leadership and career?
• Is it flat? Does it need to be revitalized with desire and faith?
• Do you believe in the services and products you offer?
• How are you communicating to those you wish to bring on board with your ideas?
• What additional knowledge is required for you to learn to move ahead?
• Are you listening only to your head and ignoring your gut feelings?
• How are you using your knowledge to increase your income and improve your relationships?

Remember: Anything is possible when you believe with a burning desire in what you want to achieve.

“Love many things, for therein lies the true strength, and whosoever loves much performs much, and can accomplish much, and what is done in love is done well.” -- Vincent van Gogh (1853-90)


 

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