July 24, 2019
In the digital world,
you need a to learn list not just a to do list
Michael Simmons has an unbridled passion for teaching people how to learn. In his work with successful leaders he has come to the following conclusion:
“At the highest levels, learning isn’t about something you do to prepare for work. Learning is the most important work. It is the core competency to build. It’s the things you never delegate. And it’s one of the ultimate drivers of long-term performance and success.”
Warren Buffet has invested 80% of his time in reading and learning throughout his career. He said the key to his success was to “read 500 pages every day. That’s how knowledge works. It builds up, like compound interest.” His long-time business partner, Charlie Munger, said “without Warren Buffett being a learning machine, the Berkshire Hathaway investing record would have been absolutely impossible.”
Just to be clear, success still depends on strong execution of well thought out business growth strategies. The difference in the digital world is that the playbook for creating and implementing those strategies is still being written and changing all the time. As such, creating a to learn list is just as critical to your company’s success as creating a to do list.