This is a question I am often asked, since one of my businesses, Hartman Inventory, is a personal property inventory service. As an asset inventory professional, you probably immediately thought about your last job, too.
But this time, I’m not talking about home or company contents. What I’m wondering is, when is the last time you took inventory of yourself?
As business owners and entrepreneurs, we must always keep an accurate inventory of what we are doing. We must continually check our focus, goals, and achievements. Do we bring value to our industry, in general, and to our business(es), specifically?
Knowledge and Wisdom
A couple areas that might need to be updated are knowledge and wisdom. Taking time to evaluate ourselves is often something many just don’t do. Busy with the day-to-day busy-ness of life, this valuable process of pondering, dreaming, planning, etc., is often forgotten.
Stop right now and take an inventory. When is the last time you read a self-improvement book, took an online continuing education course, attended a seminar or webinar, or participated in a networking event? Without regularly taking inventory of your progress, there is a high chance that you and your business will not grow.
Gaining new knowledge regarding our specific business is essential. Knowledge of our industry in general is also imperative to become or remain a leader. Continued learning will result in greater wisdom. Wisdom, to me, is using the knowledge you have – and using it appropriately. We can use it to improve our business skills, industry expertise, and ourselves (the most important of the three).
When is the last time you took inventory of you?