1. 10 Ways To CreateBy Peter DruckerThe Total Life
2. Peter Drucker, the father of modern management, turned management theory intoa serious discipline. In a legendary 70-year career, Drucker revolutionized modernbusiness practices, influencing such far-reaching developments as decentralization,privatization, and empowerment.
3. Yet, today, most people don‟t know that Drucker‟s teachings on personal growth or self-management are as profound as his views on organizational management. This wisdom,while a recurring theme in Drucker‟s work, had remained scattered throughout hismyriad writings until now. Here are 10 ways to create the total life that we must know :
4. Way # 1 : Practicing self-developmentSelf-development is a major theme throughout Drucker‟s writings and teachings. Think about yourlife, both as it is now and where you‟d like it to go. Consider not just your work, but also your lifeoutside of work- family, friends, interests, activities, and pursuits. Assess what‟s working, what‟s not,and what you might want to add or subtract to create more satisfaction and fulfillment.
5. “What matters is that the knowledge worker, by the time he or she reaches middle age, hasdeveloped and nourished a human being rather than a tax accountant or a hydraulic engineer.”
6. Way # 2 : Identifying and developing your unique strengthsThe concept of core competencies may have been created for organizations, but today it appliesto individuals as well. Focus on those strengths- your own core competencies- and find new waysto cultivate and cherish them. Odds are, you can apply them to a variety of jobs, volunteerpositions, and more.
7. “In my experience, few people could articulate their areas of strength.Consider what’s unique about what you do, and in what areas you excel and contribute the most, both at work and outside of work.”
8. Way # 3 : Creating a parallel or second careerOne unique idea was creating a “parallel career” in areas such as teaching, writing, or working innonprofit organizations. While still in your main job, start thinking about your own possibilities for aparallel or second career. Consider how they match your values, experience, and education, andwhat shifts you might need to make in your life to support such changes.
9. “The purpose of the workon making the future is not to decide what should be done tomorrow, but what should be done today to have a tomorrow.”
10. Way # 4 : Exercising your generositySharing your time and talents in areas such as volunteerism, social entrepreneurship, and mentoringnot only provide opportunities to contribute, but also offer personal benefits, from broadening anddeepening your life experience to expanding your circle of friends and colleagues. Think aboutwhat happens outside your workplace and consider ways you can exercise your own generosity.
11. Accept the fact that we have to treat almostanybody as a volunteer.
12. Way # 5 : Teaching and learningKnowledge workers must start learning during their formal schooling and then never stop throughouttheir lives. However, it‟s up to them to incorporate continuous learning as a natural part of their dailylife - deciding what and how they‟d like to learn and determining how they‟ll build in the time.Consider your own priorities for learning, as well as how you learn best.
13. “No one learns as muchas the person who must teach his subject.”
14. Way # 6 : Focus on achievement - not moneyDrucker drew an important distinction between achievement and money. He suggested focusingon achievement and paying attention to how your successes, on and off the job, benefit bothyou and others. That doesn‟t mean you can‟t or won‟t make money, Drucker explained, but thatthe pursuit of money ought to play a subordinate role.
15. "The same is true of people I have seenin business who enjoy the work. Their routine is: its got to be done, and I enjoy it because I enjoy the work."
16. Way # 7 : Make time for thinkingThe point is to break from the daily grind and think about where you are and where you‟re going.You might not have the desire or means for Drucker‟s suggested “week in the wilderness,” butsurely you can carve out an hour now and then for self-reflection. Take a walk, practice yoga ormeditation, or sit in nature.
17. "A belief that taking action withoutthinking is the cause of every failure."
18. Way # 8 : Practice “systematic abandonment”“People are effective because they say no…because they say „this isn‟t for me,‟” Practice whathe called “systematic abandonment”- stepping back, at regular intervals, to determine whichof your present activities can be scaled back or eliminated. Only then can you make way forsomething more fruitful, such as teaching, learning, or volunteering.
19. "All one has to do is to learn to say “no” if an activity contributes nothing."
20. Way # 9 : Learn the art of leisureDrucker observed that “loafing” is easy, but “leisure” is difficult. As important as work is, avoidallowing it to be your only source of fulfillment. Find an outside interest or two, focusing on thingsthat may bring you pleasure, satisfaction, and a heightened sense of self-worth.
21. "Those who perform love whatthey’re doing… Pianists have a wonderful expression I heard years ago: “I practice until I have my life in my fingers.”
22. Way # 10 : Be the CEO of your own lifeDrucker saw self-management as an ongoing discipline, requiring self-knowledge, introspection,and personal responsibility. Start now to think of yourself as the CEO of your own life and career,and take accountability for your decisions and actions. Know who you are, what is important toyou, and how you will contribute at work and in the world.
23. “In effect, managing oneself demandsthat each knowledge worker think and behave like a chief executive officer.”
24. How do you go from where you are to where you wanna be? You have to have an enthusiasm for life. You have to have a dream, a goal. And you have to be willing towork for it. Finally, take a deep breath and don’t expect everything to happen at once. Start where you are and move towards your total life one step at a time. Thank You Very Much Sompong Yusoontorn