Peter Drucker is a famous author who wrote several best selling books in the areas of management. His words and writings has left a long lasting impression on the world of management, business and success.
Some key quotes will always be remembered such as:
Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things.
The purpose of a business is to create a customer.
The entrepreneur always searches for change, responds to it, and exploits it as an opportunity.
So when Peter Drucker released a tiny book titled “Managing Oneself” consisting of only 55 pages, you can be sure it packs so much wisdom.
I first came across the book by going through Tai Lopez’s material and he said that Managing Oneself is one of his favourite books so that got my attention.
I must admit, I was a bit skeptical about the book because it was so tiny but then later I realised the wisdom that Peter Drucker was trying to impart. This wisdom can influence your whole entire life and also save you many years of wasted effort in trial and error.
Nothing is sadder than reaching the end of your life and realising that you wasted it and you could of done it differently. One of my fears is reaching the end of my life and wishing if I only knew this particular information or knowledge, my life would of been significantly different. So I always try my best to read as much material as I can and implement them as fast as I can too.
This is one of those books, it’s the type of book you should read as soon as you can so you can project 10, 20 even 30 years down the track and adjust accordingly.
It’s based off his years of research into finding the strengths of others and optimising their life.
Key Concept From Managing Oneself by Peter Drucker
The key concept of this book is that in order to fully achieve the best life you can, you must use your god given strengths. These strengths are usually being discovered in the first half of your life and then once you discover them, you should use them for the remaining half of your life to maximise your potential.
There is no point in having a god given strength and then neglecting it and trying to build on your weaknesses for many years. That is a giant waste of time. However if you discover what your true strengths are, you use them as much as you can and it will bring you to the top.
You can see this with many successful people today. Many celebrities and top performing people discovered their talent at an early age and then they built on that over the years which made them super successful. What if Michael Jordan didn’t play ball and tried to work on his weaknesses such as singing? Imagine the disaster? Instead he figured out what his strengths were and then built on that and the rest is history.
Find your god given strength and use it.
Key Takeaways of Managing Oneself
While I was reading this book, I was frantically taking down notes and have some key takeaways that I’ll share with you below.
- Focus on your strengths. Your strengths is what will take you to the top.
- Are you a reader or listener? By finding out which one you are, this can help find your strength and go for the appropriate path.
- How do you learn? Most people learn differently, video, presentation, reading etc Figure out how you learn best and use it as much as you can.
- Do you produce results as a decision maker or advisor? By knowing this, you’ll develop results faster.
- Do you perform well under stress or need structure and prediction? This answers the question of whether you operate the best under stressful conditions or need some sort of plan to resolve chaos.
- What are your values? Values help anchor your authenticity as you go through life.
- Where do you belong? Find out where your industry is and stick to it.
- What should you contribute? What talents and key strengths can you contribute to this particular industry.
- A plan can usually cover no more than 18 months and still be clear and specific. When you plan out your life, go for 18 months planning and no more.
- Build a side interest for the second half of your life. Most people have corporate jobs throughout their life, during the second half of your life, if you figure out your key strengths, you can build it parallel to your main occupation.
By utilising your strengths at all times, you put yourself way above everyone else who doesn’t know their strengths and just going through the motions. Successful people usually figure out their strengths early on in their life and then eventually, they hone their strengths to a point where they become super successful in that area. They reach mastery and reach the heights of success.
As Tony Robbins once said “People are rewarded in public for what they have practiced years in private.”
No go find your strengths, practice it and hone it for years in private and one day, you’ll be rewarded in public for the hard work you’ve put in.
Managing Oneself is a great book and can change your life.
Stay Strong and Be Relentless