A few years ago I heard legendary martial arts coach Firas Zahabi mention a book by Peter F. Drucker titled, ‘Managing Oneself’.
I put it on my wish list, but it wasn’t until this year when I set a (big, bodacious) goal to read 25 books in 2020. I didn’t come close, but I did get around to reading this one in a few hours and it was extremely enjoyable.
To start, it’s a booklet at best. This is no novel. This isn’t even a novella. It’s the type of reading commitment you might give an Archie comic… but has a decidedly more profound message.
There are a couple major concepts in the book, but the main premise is to figure out what type of a learner (or teacher, or leader, or person) you are.
It teaches you how to be a more comfortable, in-your-groove, super efficient, happy person/worker by finding and acknowledging your strengths, then amplifying them.
For example, if you’re a visual learner, you should stop spinning your wheels with audiobooks and focus on youtube for learning new things. Likewise, you shouldn’t be adding and subtracting your taxes, you should be looking at graphs and imagery.
If you’re someone who needs answers right away, stick to phone calls and get rid of email. Surround yourself with a lifestyle that compliments the way you naturally function. Then do the same with the people you’re surrounded by.
Ask them, “how can I best do XYZ for you?” and “how do you work?” give them what thy need to serve you best, and tell them how you need things for you.
There are in-depth articles explaining what the book talks about online, but I recommend going to the source.
There were some pretty magical moments while reading this, and parts that made sense on a ton of levels.
So that’s Managing Oneself by Peter F. Drucker… Definitely worth a read if you’re into transforming yourself into a better you. You can find it on Amazon for $12 and it’s well worth it.