Living In More Than One World
When you hear the name Peter Drucker, you instantly think “the father of modern management.” But did you also know he wrote a lot about self-development? In Bruce Rosenstein’s book, Living in More Than One World: How Peter Drucker’s Wisdom Can Inspire and Transform Your Life, he shares Drucker’s thesis that the most satisfying life is a multidimensional life.
If your self-worth is tied to your job, what happens if you lose your job – or retire? People with a well-balanced life full of varied interests are happy, satisfied, and can handle setbacks and life changes. By designing a “total life,” you will have a life of some work and some play, not all work and no play.
Peter Drucker was an accomplished workaholic, but he was also happy, pursued his interests in art, literature, and classical music, and embraced learning throughout his life. Here are his tips on how to live in more than on world:
- Develop and strengthen your main talents, inside and outside of work
- Clarify your values and live by them
- Manage your time wisely
- Develop parallel and second careers, which you will discover by strengthening your talents
- Make a difference in the lives of others by volunteering or through social entrepreneurism
- Use teaching and lifelong learning as complementary ways of staying engaged and up-to-date
- Focus on opportunities rather than setbacks
- Aim high at something that will make a difference
- Take some time for self-reflection, and assess where you are, where you want to be, and how to get there
Drucker said that people who are single-minded – like politicians (his analogy, not mine!) – are the unhappiest people. What can you start doing today to create a more balanced, multi-dimensional life?
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