"What you do off the job is the determining factor in how far you will go on the job" – Zig Ziglar
As far as I am concerned this is one of Zig Ziglar’s best quotes. I believe this dates back to 1997 and still holds true today. We all gain experience and skills on the job itself, but you need to both grow and take care of yourself off the job as well to really become a valued resource for your company.
Only by exposing yourself to new ideas, new methods and new philosophies can you hope to increase your abilities and your sphere of influence. Read books, research topics, talk to people in and out of your field, attend seminars, take classes, watch TED talks, etc. There are a myriad of ways to increase your knowledge and open your mind to new possibilities.
In addition to just feeding your mind, you need to make sure to take care of your body and soul as well. Are you eating a truly healthy diet? Is your doctor (please tell me you see a doctor regularly) happy with your weight? How is your cardiovascular health? Do you have an exercise routine that challenges you and helps keep you fit? You need to be strong physically as well as mentally in order to be ready and able to truly excel at work.
Listen to Mr. Ziglar. Make sure you have a plan, and work that plan, for developing your whole self outside of the office. You, your boss, and the rest of the folks you work with will be glad you did.
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