Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Fortune's Ten-year Plan for Greatness

Fortune Magazine reports that the following steps, repeated thousands of times, over at least a ten year period will result in personal greatness.

1) Approach each critical task with the explicit goal of getting muh better at it.
2) As you do the task, focus on what's happening and why you're doing it the way you are.
3) After the task, get feedback on your performance from multiple sources. Make changes in yur behavior as necessary.
4) Continually build mental models of your situation -- your industry, your company your career. Enlarge the models to encompass more factors.
5) Do these steps regularly, not sporadically. Occasional practice.

It doesn't matter how smart you are, how rich you are, or what natural strengths you have. Just do that for AT LEAST ten years, and you'll be a great one. The field is much more event than some of us may have thought.

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