Alan Weiss, a very successful consultant, has said this many times:
"If you improve by 1% a day, in 70 days you’re twice as good."Today I ran across a follow-on insight he had late last year that he appended to the end of the prior statement:
"But if you don’t learn carefully and instead become confused, the opposite can actually occur. People can get dumber."
I gotta say, that I know that to be true because I experience it again & again... with myself. I am so addicted to acquiring new knowledge that I constantly read books, newsletters, web sites, blogs, etc. When I'm doing it connected to a particular topic or concern (as opposed to more serendipitous research) I often find myself learning WITHOUT doing. Eventually I have to convince myself to bite the bullet, take what I've acquired thus far, and take action on it.It's tough deciding, especially when you don't have a concrete deadline, to stop researching and pondering... and to simply take action. But, until you do, it's all theory and, well, generally not very useful.