Managing Oneself by Peter F. Drucker is a surprisingly powerful book/essay. With only 55 pages, he managed to express the importance of knowing your strengths and what kind of environment you work best in.
Peter starts very strongly, almost slapping the reader in the face. He says that “most people think they know what they are good at. They are usually wrong. More often, people know what they are not good at – and even more people are wrong than right. And yet, a person can only perform from strength. One cannot build performance on weakness, let alone on something one cannot do at all.”
He also goes into the details of how different people learn, along with how important it is to know how you learn individually. A few questions to ask yourself are:
- Are you a reader or a listener? People are rarely both.
- How do you learn?
- Do you learn by writing?
- Or by talking?
- Do you work well with other people?
- Or are you more introverted?
Just knowing how you learn, or what environment you work best in, is only half of what you need to do. Once you figure these things out, it is important that you optimize your life so that you can use the ways you learn to your advantage.
If you learn by writing, carry a notebook.
If you learn by talking, recite the day to yourself as you drive home.
If you learn by listening, listen to audiobooks and podcasts.
The most important lesson from this book is that you can only build upon strength. You have to figure out what your strengths are – it may not be what you think it is. A great way to know what your strengths are is through Stranger Feedback. If someone you don’t know all that well says you’re good at something, chances are that is one of your strengths. For example, I have had many people tell me I am a good writer, and I never thought I would enjoy doing it until I gave it a shot.
I only gave insight on some of the important parts of this work. Whether or not you are interested in what else he has to say, I recommend that everyone reads Peter’s book.
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