Listened to Managing Oneself by Peter Drucker, relatively short, can do it in an hour of cardio, really made me think

Never thought much about HOW I like to learn, process, or express ideas, or the wasted efficiency of trying to be good at something I’m not good at
Thinking about how I like to learn, I wondered am I a listener or a reader?

Then I laughed, I have a stack of books that aren’t on audible I want to read that I haven’t touched, while I burn through audiobooks, so the proof is in the actions, not the intent
Then I recognized I like to think by writing, helps me not skip problems and connect pieces properly to form a thesis, also probably why I hated school and was such a bad student, just so happened I stumbled on how I like to think by accident taking investment notes last year
I also realize now I’m a better subordinate than a leader, from leading hundreds of men at a camp or even how I like to invest, I like knowing the mission and then having the latitude to put the pedal to the metal to accomplish it, no matter what happens
That may sound odd

How can you think you are a better subordinate than a leader leading hundreds of men and making your own investment decisions?

It comes down to who is deciding the strategic vision

Think about General Patton and the 3rd Army’s race to Bastogne
No one would say General Patton was a bad leader, one of the most fearsome generals the United States ever produced, but he didn’t independently decide strategy

He was told to get to the 101st, and they did, nothing stopped them

He was a phenomenal subordinate
Point being, when I think where I excelled, I was never setting strategy, it was accomplishing the mission I was given

I am phenomenal at execution, given a task, I can be dropped in the 3rd world and I’ll just figure it out

I think that transfers to investing
I’m not built to be an entrepreneur or build and run a company

I am good at seeing the mission, recognizing what is happening around me, and adapting to accomplish the mission or strategy

Think the key is finding companies where that fits for me
This also plays into knowing strengths and weakness

Mr. Drucker makes an excellent point that it takes way less effort to go from good to exceptional at something we are talented at than become good where we have no natural talent
As the great science fiction writer Robert Heinlein said, specialization is for insects

We all have things we don’t like to do or are not naturally gifted at, and we should build competency in those areas, but competent isn’t the same as awesome
And what we are good at might not even be what we WANT to be good at, but think we owe it to ourselves to pursue excellence in whatever our gifts are

Certainly the world needs more of it, after all what is strength and beauty if not excellence in action that inspires us?
So while a relatively short listen, recommend reading or listening to Managing Oneself, however you like to learn, really helped me be self-analytical to get more out of life in the future

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