CHAPTER NINE

Keeping Up and Getting Ahead by Making the Most of Your Time

“Mastery is not something that strikes in an instant, like a thunderbolt, but a gathering power that moves steadily through time, like the weather.”

—JOHN C. GARDNER, JR.

We live in a knowledge-based, information-driven society. Successful people today are simply those who know more than their competitors. One of your most important responsibilities is to keep up with your field and stay ahead of the pack by continually taking in new information and ideas.

The amount of knowledge in every field today is doubling every five to seven years, sometimes every two to three years. This means that you must double your knowledge on a regular basis just to keep even. The basic rule ...

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