Every trades-person has a toolbox. My Dad used to say, "you can tell a good tradesman by his tools."
So, the question is, "What's in your tool box?"
I did an MBA in 1986, and yet, I still put those initials on my business card to impress the impressible.
But, what use is an MBA done in 1986? The truth is, it is like an old rusty tool in my tool box, and really, not too reliable.
I did a BE (Bachelor of Engineering) in 1972. Now I still put that on my business card to impress the impressible but really, would you ask me to design a building structure and then put your life in it? I hope not.
Experience doesn't count for much either, unless we learn from it. I remember a guy saying to me after a seminar, "I thought I'd had 30 years experience selling real estate until I met you. Now I know, I've had one year's experience, 30 times."
What's in your toolbox? Are you holding onto the idea that you are still as generic as you used to be or have your skills refined into a specific industry, application and mastery?
It's 2010, half over. If you aren't learning something new in all seven areas of your life everyday, it's highly possible that your toolbox is filled with rusty tools. Is it time to bring your stock market skills up to date? Is it time to bring your self-leadership skills up to date? Is it time to rethink how you approach love? How's your health, still running on old ideas from the 80's?
Simply put, your life is only as good as the science you apply to it. And that science is evolving so, maybe you should too.