What if you and I approached every day as if we were an empty bucket and we consciously filled ourselves up with the insight and knowledge from the people we met and things we did? What if we had the humility to have a beginner’s mind with the eager openness that a great student has? We would define our sense of being by what we were becoming as much as what we achieved and contributed.
I’ve come to understand, as a practical example of great learners, that the best sales people I know understand their customers often better the customers know themselves. They tirelessly educate themselves and go into incredible detail about the customers and can anticipate needs with uncanny insight. The best sales earners are no doubt super learners.
I’m not talking about you and me trying to be perfect. We can be content and happy and still be famished and thirsty for personal learning and development.
- Be more active about learning rather than passive in our daily activities. As an example, when we meet any one new make it a point to learn something from or about them.
- Be purposeful about what we learn and want to learn. This doesn’t mean that we all need to be academics but we need to see ourselves going to school daily. ANY activity we choose to invest in (from what we read, watch, listen, and do) is a source of curricula. Make each day “class time.”
- Write it down. Whether it’s a journal, a blog, or whatever, there is enormous value from noting what we’ve learned daily. Give yourself a test.
- Our talents and skills can deteriorate if we don’t continuously develop them. We should never retire from personal development.
- Recognize that becoming a super learner is more investing in a student mind set than in a “student loan.” We can be better students starting right now.
Be a student in the Triangle,
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