Here are three activities that always yield benefits
when it comes to staying ahead of the game:

1. Deepen your
understanding of current circumstances.

Investigate influential events – determine what is having impact on
your situation and bring diligence, curiosity, and passion to
apprehending the whole and unpacking the details.

2. Identify emerging
trends and innovations.

Do not let breakthroughs go unnoticed. To really get ahead, talk to
others interested in the same developments, find out what they are
thinking and share what you know. There is nothing like an informal
braintrust to infuse your understanding with new insights.

3. Set your own

Do not wait to be hit over the head by new developments. Get clear
about what you want to do, then identify the most important issues and
frame them in ways that will best assist you with your intentions.

I want to stand as
close to the edge as I can without going over. Out on the edge you see
all the kinds of things you can’t see from the center.

– Kurt Vonnegut