How to Gain Mastery in Your Field

To become a VIP-CI leader, be a master in an area. And the best way to achieve that is by gathering “intelligence report” about your vision. Mind your own business by becoming deeply involved with vision.


Ben Dankaka

a year ago | 2 min read

The term, “intelligence” is oftentimes used by the military. For instance, intelligence refers to the information that spies or detectives try to get — from the enemy, criminal or from any person under investigation.

Whenever detectives are investigating someone, they try to get intelligence reports about that person. In that context, intelligence can be seen as the act of gathering specific information through investigation and research.

To a large extent, this is what effective leaders do as soon as they develop a vision. They investigate and research on their vision.

Robert J. Shiller said, “The ability to focus attention on important things is a defining characteristic of intelligence.” This means that true intelligence is about being knowledgeable in a particular field. It’s not about knowing everything. In fact, the person who tries to know everything will only end up becoming a jack of all trades, and a master of nothing.

To become a VIP-CI leader, be a master in an area. And the best way to achieve that is gathering “intelligence report” about your vision. Mind your own business by becoming interested in your vision.

VIP-CI leaders do not spend their time trying to be knowledgeable about everything. Instead, they use their time to learn everything they can about their vision. Don’t try to know one thing about everything. Instead, try to know everything about a one thing.

A bit of information on where you are going is more important than a bunch of information about a place you aren’t going. Any time that is spent on gathering any information that isn’t connected to your vision is a wasted time.

Effective leaders aren’t necessarily those who are in a hurry to reach their goal. They are simply those who shorten their journey by focusing on the right information. To arrive at your destination in good time; do all you can to gather information on how to get there.

Abraham Lincoln said, “If I only had an hour to chop down a tree, I would spendthe first 45 minutes sharpening my axe.” Similarly, the more time you spend on getting all the information you need about your vision, the better your chances of actualizing it.

If you are familiar with detective novels or movies, you might have noticed that the best detectives are usually those who spend their time gathering intelligence reports before drawing conclusions. In the same way, the best attorneys are those who do a lot of work investigating a matter before heading to court.

The only way you can gain mastery over your vision is by gathering “intelligence reports” about it. Once, you’ve developed a clear vision; begin to learn everything you can about it.

Use your intellectual abilities to gather all the information you need in order to turn that vision into a reality.

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