The data is all around you.
All you have to do is look for it and collect it.
When I say Always Be Learning I mean always…
Always collect the data.
“The data” is anything as small as how a potential client reacted to something you said in negotiation or as big as a life lesson you learned after a failed venture.
The best systems run on data.
As a result, data is incredibly valuable.
Do you know what Google, Facebook, and Amazon have in common besides being three of the most successful businesses ever built?
They all aggressively collect your data and sell it for a fortune!
Why is data so valuable?
Because data drives the best systems.
Companies perform exponentially better when they have better data on the people they want to sell to.
Most people aren’t concerned with collecting the data.
They have no intention of drastically improving their current circumstances and thus have no need for data or systems or even learning for that matter. They will get by just fine.
However, those who wish to climb to the top need to collect the data often.
You also need to adjust on the fly and learn as you go.
And that’s exactly why the best way to do so is to always collect the data.
Avoid Making the Same Mistakes
It’s amazing to me how often people will get burned by someone and return over and over for more punishment.
Granted, I’ve been guilty of this in the past myself.
I prefer to focus on the positive qualities of a person and I used to ignore the negative qualities.
Now I collect all the data.
People like to glorify failure and all the mistakes they’ve made, but realistically it’s more efficient to NOT make mistakes.
Making a mistake once is fine. Making the same mistake twice is stupid.
If a relationship or business failed in the past — why did it fail?
Let’s say your business failed because you partnered up with someone who wasn’t holding up their end of the workload. Why would you even consider another joint venture without carefully vetting your future partner?
You wouldn’t because you would be collecting the data.
But lots of other people repeat the same costly mistakes over and over because they never collect the data.
Self-awareness is unquestionably one of the keys to success.
It’s not the only thing, and not every successful person has it.
But self-awareness makes success so much easier.
When you know what you’re good at, what you’re not good at, and what sets you apart from others like you — it’s so much easier to find an area where you have a competitive advantage.
The long, hard road isn’t necessarily the best road — it just happens to be the necessary road for many.
Because when you’re collecting the data as you tread through the long, hard road, you eventually figure out all of the things you’re not good at until you’ve narrowed it down to what you are good at.
The people who are most successful at the earliest points in life are (9 times out of 10) those who gained deep self-awareness from an early age.
To gain self-awareness you have to start collecting objective data about yourself.
That means being honest with yourself when you are responsible for failure and when you made a mistake.
However, that also means you need to look for areas where you are exceptional without realizing it. We often don’t notice how much better we are at a particular skill than other people because we’re so good at it we don’t even think about it.
That doesn’t mean you turn every scenario into petty competition — but you want to make note when more than person comments that you are good at something. Chances are if several people make this observation and feel compelled to tell you, you are better than most at that particular thing.
Collecting Data is a Habit
You’re probably thinking I’m exaggerating or being idealistic when I say I’m always collecting the data.
I don’t keep written notes. I don’t have an app where I store all of this information. I don’t have some intricate system of documents on my computer.
I simply memorize everything.
In fact, I don’t even really think about it, and at the same time, I am thinking about it non-stop.
I always collect the data because collecting the data is a habit.
You would be amazed at all of the information you have access to…
The things people reveal about themselves. The patterns you spot in the most profitable businesses in a particular industry.
Most of the information you need is right in front you — you just aren’t looking for it.
Or collecting it.
Start collecting the data now.
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