Read Your Way To Success and Don’t Compare Yourself To Others with Ian Reynolds

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Ian Reynolds

Ian Reynolds is a Partner and the Chief Solutions Architect at Zibtek, a software development company focused on helping businesses build custom software. Ian has spent the better part of his career in consulting covering a diverse range of industries, including Finance, Oil & Gas and Healthcare. He now helps companies to solve their core business objectives with agile software development. In this episode Ian talks about the importance of reading and of constantly feeding your knowledge base. He also discusses the value of recognising your individuality and always pushing yourself to see what you’re capable of.


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2 Top Career Tips

1) You have to constantly read. Books should be your perennial companion. Reading leads to success. On average, the wealthiest Americans read 22 books per year.
2) Don’t compare yourself to others. Compare yourself to yourself and push yourself to see what you’re capable of.

Show Notes

Worst Career Moment

In an early job, Ian encountered an employee with behavioral issues. Rather than confront the issue, Ian chose to leave the job – decision that has caused him regret ever since.

Career Highlight

The highlight so far has been the acquisition and growth of Zibtek, along with the success achieved and the improvements made along the way. Many more ambitions has since been realized, with many more to come.

The Future

In terms of IT’s life in the world, we really are at the “Stone Age” period. The potential for how IT will change the world is staggering and infinite. To be at this crucial stage in its history is exhilarating.

The Reveal

What first attracted you to a career in I.T.?

Ian recognized the changing world of IT, rapidly evolving from day to day, and aspired to be a part of its evolution.

What is the best career advice you’ve ever received?

Don’t be afraid to try new things.

What is the worst career advice you’ve ever received?

To not stand out. We must always endeavour to be the brightest talent out there.

If you had to begin your career again in today’s world, what would you do?

Ian would embark upon business acquisition strategies far earlier.

What career objectives are you currently focusing on?

To expand knowledge on particular subjects, with a current focus upon banking, legal and finance items.

What’s the number one non-technical skill that has helped you in your career so far?

Enhanced emotional intelligence. It is good to be non-emotional at times, but emotion can also propel us forward when needed.

What do you do to keep your own career energized?

Keeping dialogue channels open with family and friends allows Ian to experience new perspectives.

What do you do in your spare time away from technology?

Aggressively reading!

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