Keep Learning, Keep Growing, Keep Going
What's the first question that I want to ask somebody when I first meet them? Here it is: what are you learning right now? I ask this because how you answer that question reveals a ton about you. Your eagerness to learn tells me a lot. Your eagerness to learn is directly proportionate to your mindset and the direction/the trajectory of your life. Here's the deal: I want to surround myself with people who are learning. I want you to surround yourself with people who are learning, and people who are growing.
You're either learning, growing, going somewhere, or you're just coasting through life and going backwards. (By the way, it's impossible to coast and go uphill.) If you are coasting, you're either on your way to a stop or you are going backwards. I don't want you to go backwards; I don't want you to come to a stop. I don't want that for you. I want you to have a deep hearted resolution that drives you to never stop learning.
The Bible talks a lot about this. Proverbs 18:16 says, "Wise men and women are always learning. They are always listening for fresh insights." There's the key to learning; learning to listen. We do not listen near enough. I remember my grandma telling me as a kid, "Ryan, God has given us one mouth and two ears. Why? So that we can listen twice as much as we talk." Proverbs 18:16 nails it. Wise men and women are always listening or learning, and they are listening for fresh insights.
Please, never get to the point where you feel like you have arrived. Leadership is not a destination. You don't arrive. You aren't going to arrive. You are constantly learning. Whether you are brand new, 18 years old just getting started, or you are a seasoned 88 year old man/woman, and you are taking that last turn home, you never stop learning. You don't ever, ever arrive.
Be a learner. I used to value learning so much. I'm going to tell you, there's something I almost value more now, it is the skill of relearning. It's something you're going to hear me talk more about in the days to come because I don't know that learning is enough. I think you've got to be just as committed to relearning. Because here's the thing about life, nothing really sticks forever. You've got to constantly relearn. As I write that, I think about riding a bike. I don't know if I have ever had to relearn to ride a bike, but with probably the exception of riding a bike and driving a car, nothing sticks forever.
Are you willing to relearn? Are you willing to read up on that again? Are you willing to surround yourself with somebody that may know something more about a topic than you know, even though the topic is something you feel pretty good about, or you have an education in, or you have all the credentials for? Be committed to relearn that.
Here's a frog I want you to eat. I want you to be committed to learning something new every day, or maybe relearning something new every day. I talk a lot about eating a frog. Mark Twain said that If you eat a live frog first thing in the morning, nothing worse will happen to you the rest of the day.
I want you to make a resolute decision every day that you are going to learn something new, or maybe you're going to relearn something new, or something that you thought you already knew. Be a lifetime learner. Never stop learning. Have this eagerness in your heart to learn and grow; knowing that you're never going to arrive. Your life, your leadership, and your legacy are all one journey. If you're going to make it until the end with success, you have to be committed to learning.
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