One critical key to productivity involves thinking long term and being able to come up with actions today. A drug addict thinks in hours until his next hit and only performs actions that will get him closer to that hit. In contrast, a private wealth advisor thinks in terms of centuries for his clients, where today’s market news has zero consequences.
In today’s world of instant messaging, tweeting, transworld communications and expedience, it’s sometime difficult to think ahead and make goals, even a month or two, but taking the time to see what’s really important in this hyper world is critical to our survival.
Here’s a few things that I think are critical to focus on in the long term so you can begin long term thinking.
The web it’s here to stay. It’ll be here in five years, and in ten; in some way or another in fifty and one hundred years. Your business plan should have some kind of tie-in to the internet, because young people don’t know a world without the Net. The first step should be getting your name as domain name, like Noah and I have done. The second is coming up with a general internet strategy for the next ten years. Try to think ahead of time.
Personal relationships – with all of the innovations in personal communications, there is a lot of research showing that people are lonelier than ever. Depression is very real even though we are more connected than ever. How can that be? It seems like personal face-to-face relationships can’t be substituted with a text message or an email. How do the top people know each other in almost every industry? By their first names! These relationships take time and in person emotional connections to build.
Building Metaskills – skills are changing so fast, that strong metaskills are required to keep up. You can learn these skills in 7 days. What are metaskills? It’s those larger, critical, underlying skills. They include skills such as fast learning, critical thinking, decision making, being curious and others.
How far ahead do you think? Plan?