What are YOU Working On?
On episode four of the MaxBet Podcast, we interviewed Scientific Games Group CEO of Gaming, Matt Wilson. Matt covered a wide range of topics including – why he picked a risky career in the casino industry over a more stable role in the newspaper business, some of the secrets to creating a successful company culture at scale, and how most successful product innovations start with problem solving. Though, the key to success that resonated with us the most, started with a simple question from his mentor – “what are you working on?”
Matt describes an interaction he had early in his career with Jamie Odell, then CEO of Aristocrat Gaming. As Matt tells it, “[Jamie] pulled me aside and asked me, ‘what are you working on Matt?’ I said, I am working on this deal for this new casino… and he said, ‘No, what are you working on from a personal development perspective? You need to always be working on something’. That was one of the key lessons in leadership…you have to be constantly working on something [for yourself]. You have to have the ability to push your ego aside and say I am not very good at these 3, 4 or 5 things and be focused on how do you get better?”
One thing Matt and Jamie have in common is that they are lifelong learners. Even as executives of billion-dollar corporations, they are constantly working to improve their skills in 3-5 areas at any given time. Which begs the question… what are you working on? If you’re like most people, including a young Matt Wilson, you probably aren’t working on anything related to personal development. Many of us get trapped in the never-ending cycle of checking emails, completing projects as assigned, and addressing urgent business issues that constantly arise, before rinsing and repeating. The problem is, that when you spend time solving everyone else’s issues, you’re not actually improving your own skills and abilities over time. As legendary NBA basketball coach Pat Riley once said, “if you’re not getting better, you’re getting worse”. With that in mind, can we really afford to spend any more time not getting better?
If it seems like a daunting task, you can break it down into smaller pieces. Instead of trying to identify 3-5 things to improve upon, pick just one. Make steady progress in this area for 30 minutes per day, over the course of one month. Repeat this process for a year, and now you have learned new skills, or improved your abilities, in 12 different areas. Now that is a successful year!
So we would like to challenge you to take a step back, think about some areas where you would like to improve your skills, and then let us know in the comments… what are YOU working on?