Welcome to 2014! It’s hard to believe that one month of this year is already over.
As you could tell by my silence, things got pretty hectic towards the end of the year, but I’m happy to be sharing with you once again. Let’s get back on track with those Secrets to Success…
Most people spend the majority of their childhood in school reading, learning, and taking notes. I’ve been out of school for a while; but I still consider myself a student. Not because I wear a backpack or sit in a classroom all day; but because I still read, learn, and take notes. And I always will.
Lesson #3: Be a Student of Your Craft – Never Stop Learning
A graduation ceremony from school never means you’re done learning. Your future of self-education may not involve formal instructors, but it should always include learning something new. The day you believe you’re done learning, is the day you begin to fail.
From entertainment and sports to business and technology, the world is always changing and evolving. There’s always a new or different way to do things. If you don’t keep up, pretty soon you’re going to be left behind.
Starting with the very first days of my career in real estate development, I went out of my way to soak up as much knowledge as I could – from wherever I could. Books, articles, blogs, and people with more experience than me. I was always watching, listening and writing down good ideas. And guess what. I continually got better at my job and have enjoyed a lot of success.
You’ve probably heard the saying “Two heads are better than one.” The main idea is that you don’t know it all. Getting advice, listening to experts, reading the blogs of thought leaders will ALWAYS make you smarter and better equipped than if you just did what you know how to do right now. And if you read or listen to 9 other people, then 10 heads are 1000% better than 1.
More wisdom than any library
We live in an awesome time. We have more information available via our smartphones than exists in entire libraries. And I don’t mean just book knowledge (although books are still a huge part of my self-education.) I’m talking about “people knowledge.” Blogs, articles, YouTube videos, podcasts, etc. There are literally millions of sources of information. I’m a regular visitor to places like Forbes.com, Success.com, and many other news and blog sites. You should find good, credible sources. Search for topics important to you or your business. Then read, listen, watch, and learn.
Knowing is good. Doing is better.
Nike nailed this theme when they created their “Just Do It” campaign. The message was basically, “Stop talking about what you’re going to do, and just do it.” Well the same goes for knowledge and wisdom. All the reading, listening, watching and learning is USELESS if you don’t put it into practice.
Let’s say you’re in sales, and you read an article like “7 Things the Best Salespeople Always Do.” You read it. You understand it. You’ve learned it. But if you don’t turn around and do those things in your own job, you will go NOWHERE.
You want to be successful? Never stop learning. Ask questions. Take notes. Read, listen, watch, and improve yourself a little bit every day.
See you at the top.