Are you overrating your experience?

I love this quote from Stephen Covey,

“Covey taught me a priceless principle that would forever change my outlook on the nature of education and experience.  He said, ‘Richie, experience is overrated.  Some people say they have twenty years, when in reality, they only have one year’s experience, repeated twenty times.’

Are we growing in experience or just growing in years?  That is a question we should answer each and every day. 

Liz Wiseman takes this same approach in her book Rookie Smarts (high on my to read list, but haven’t read yet).  She makes the statement that “For today’s knowledge workers, constant learning is more valuable than mastery.”

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