We wake up, go to work, and come home every day. How much of your test-taking-tips.networkday consists of the same work you have done in the past? Let me guess, all of it, and I’m sure you would like to learn at a greater pace. Your company most likely has a nice training program, that you should utilize, but how do you really evolve? You need to think differently and take ownership in your mastery.

Here is a suggestion, spend 20 to 30 minutes a day, every workday, thinking differently through independent study and research. I know you have plenty to do, that your boss expects to get done, but if you are going to evolve you must put the time in on your own. Long term, those ~30 minutes a day will make you much more valuable to your company as well as make you more efficient regardless of your role. Yes, at first it will be painful but what you learn over time will allow you to grow at a quicker pace and then enable you to take on more challenging projects.

Companies are starting to see the value in allowing and enabling independent study. When your workers are heads down getting their daily tasks complete little evolution occurs. Individuals need to step aside from the daily grind, take on a higher view of their skills and daily tasks, to best assess and envision what needs to occur to evolve.

Studies have shown that one of the greatest motivators at work, and outside of work, is the need for humans to master tasks. Creating an environment that enables individuals to excel and evolve is critical but let’s be real folks, we need to make an effort individually as well – we, as individuals, are the company.

One of the best descriptions I have seen on what motivates us is in the video The surprising truth about what motivates us, which is a result of several studies. If you have 10 minutes it is worth your time but it summarizes motivation as the following-

  • Money is not the primary motivator. Pay people enough (what they are worth) and money then tends not to be a motivator which in turn allows people to focus on the work.
  • The three primary motivators are:

1) Autonomy: The desire to be self-directed. Typical management principles encourage compliance but to enable employee engagement, and evolution, self-direction is critical.

2) Mastery & 3) Purpose: This is our urge to get better and make a difference. Large communities are building out open source software for free. Why? We inherently care about mastery and purpose.

Think differently, spend 20 to 30 minutes a day in self-directed mastery, then you will be happier, you will provide more value to your company, and you will be worth more in the long run.