Education, exploration, experience, and the thoughtful examination of yourself and the world around you will enhance your well-being. Prioritizing ongoing learning can:

  • Expand available useful knowledge
  • Grow comprehension 
  • Enhance information recall 
  • Strengthen reasoning skills
  • Enhance the ability to visualize and think in the abstract
  • Evolve craft and artisanry skills
  • Hone problem-solving capabilities
  • Improve personal decision-making

How can you best expand your knowledge and enhance your skill levels, though? By learning from the best!

You’re seldom the best at something, and great successes and world-class performance can occur almost anywhere. The smallest country, the newest company, or the most unassuming person may be accomplishing great deeds and posting exceptional performance. 

Your challenge? To find out where such performance is occurring, learn from them, and then emulate that success.

The approach to learning from the best looks like the following: 

  • Step 1: Decide what you want to be better (or great) at.
  • Step 2: Identify the best performer(s) in that area.
  • Step 3: Carefully define the critical measures of success.
  • Step 4: Compare performance to determine the difference in measured results.
  • Step 5: Analyze the measured differences.
  • Step 6: Collect additional facts and insights.
  • Step 7: Identify the potential best practices to be emulated.
  • Step 8: Plan to adopt (and cautiously adapt as necessary) best practices to harness the potential benefits.
  • Step 9: Implement the planned improvement actions.
  • Step 10: Monitor the results of your efforts.
  • Step 11: Assess performance and course correct as required.       

Learning from the demonstrated excellence of others is an efficient means of improving performance and enhancing your quality of life. Just imagine if the successes found everywhere could be learned from and leveraged for your benefit and the benefit of others. 

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