Education doesn’t stop at graduation, it’s a lifelong event.
By David Loesch
I hate being the rookie. It’s tough being the new guy in the room. Even without all the traditions in pop culture of hazing the rooks, making rookie mistakes that can be both costly and embarrassing. So whether it's your first time awkwardly swinging a golf club in front of all your buddies that played their whole lives, or stepping into a role that you’ve never done before, starting something new can be such a mix of nervous energy and excitement.
But it’s something we’ve all had to go through at one point or another in our lives. Even the best of the best, from business, to sports, to hobbies and everything in between, have all had to start somewhere. So here are a few reasons to never give up learning!
The Best Leaders Never Stop Learning
Have you ever met someone who was a know-it-all? Super annoying, right? Doesn’t matter what it is, they always have an answer for everything, even if you know it’s totally wrong. Well, turns out, that’s not the greatest when it comes to leadership. Actually, being able to openly admit that you don’t know everything about everything is an admirable, human, and relatable trait. We’re all human, and nobody is excluded from making mistakes from time to time. The best leaders are able to not only admit their mistakes and own them, but also learn from them. Oh, and they’re never satisfied or complacent with what they know. The best of the best are continuous lifelong learners.
Sharpen your Sword Daily
Your sword is your mind, but you got that analogy. Just because it’s a cliche doesn’t make it any less true. One of the best ways to do it is with daily puzzles. It’s been proven that a daily Sudoku or other logic-based puzzle can increase performance significantly. But don’t take it from me, take it from someone with more credibility (because I don’t know everything!). According to Dr. Anne Corbett of the University of Exeter Medical School, who leads a team researching the matter has this to say,
“We've found that the more regularly people engage with puzzles such as crosswords and Sudoku, the sharper their performance is across a range of tasks assessing memory, attention, and reasoning. The improvements are particularly clear in the speed and accuracy of their performance. In some areas, the improvement was quite dramatic.”
Wow, powerful stuff. Being able to process new concepts, new ideas, and foreseeing potential opportunities and threats couldn’t possibly help your career, could it? (he asked sarcastically.)
A Happier, Healthier You!
Well, this one is a no brainer! (puns are fun!) Setting out and achieving goals provides us humans with a shot of dopamine that we tend to enjoy. Think back to that Sudoku problem. How good does it feel to finish one of them? Now think about how good it would feel to have a conversation in a new language that you’ve been practicing! That would be incredibly satisfying. Personal development is challenging, but it’s those challenges that make it so rewarding in the end and usually, the harder the challenge, the greater the feeling when we overcome.
How can we continuously learn?
Ok, so you’ve read this far, awesome! Now that you’re hooked on the benefits of continuous learning, how about some ideas on how we can continue our development? Read on!
Practice Makes Perfect!
“I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times.” - Bruce Lee
We tend to learn best by doing. Learning from your own mistakes and continuously looking to improve is what separates the good from the great. Trying things once gives us an idea of how things work, but repetition gives us depth and scope on a challenge.
READ! READ! READ!!!
The average CEO reads an average of 60 books a year. Whoa! That’s more than one book per week. World market influencer, billionaire, and genuine nice dude, Warren Buffet has been known to read 500 pages a day. That’s nuts, but when you compare my bank account with his, you can’t argue with the results. He attributes his success to his rigorous reading habits, saying, "Read 500 pages like this every day. That’s how knowledge works. It builds up, like compound interest."
Learn from the Best!
One commonality among the successful people on this planet is their willingness to share their experience and wisdom. Remember earlier when I said the best leaders never stop learning? They usually like to share what they’ve learned, and it's usually wise to listen.
What if you had access to professionals that can share their experience and wisdom with you? How valuable would that be? Fortunately, there’s a way to do that!!
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