I pride myself in being a great notetaker. I can be on a conference call or in a meeting and pretty much take notes word for word of what everyone says. I have been told that I take the best notes that some have ever seen in their career by multiple colleagues. If I don’t take notes, I always get asked where they are because people constantly reference them.
While this makes me feel great that I can help out my colleagues and make sure initiatives and ideas get captured correctly, I always come back to the same thought: I don’t want to be just a notetaker, capturing other’s ideas. I want to be a creator of ideas. I want the things I am saying to be important enough for others to write them down. I want to make sure that the words that I am saying help others, so they feel compelled to write them down so they don’t forget them.
Don’t go through life being just a great notetaker, while it is a great skill, you were put on this Earth for so much more than that. Be an idea creator.