If there is anything I have come to understand in my few years in the real world, it’s that I love to learn. I remember going through training at my current job and the excitement that came with learning something new. It was a month of sales training and I loved it. I had zero experience with any form of sales so everything was always fresh and new to me. I spent my days taking tons of notes and figuring out new things, and as I dove deeper into the job, I was continually engrossed in new ideas and tactics for sales.
Now, 2 years into that same sales job, that spirit of learning often escapes me. I get caught in the process of doing the same thing over and over and over again. It’s not good for my soul.
I’m at my best at work and in life when I am in a constant state of learning. I can get so stuck in my own ways and my own processes that it slowly drains me of passion or the ability to create. I will go further and further into my cell phone and social media, and drift away from the good parts of myself.
Learning opens me up and keeps me curious, it makes every day more adventurous because there is so much to see and so much to learn. My mission each day should be to learn more things that will benefit the world and my life, not to watch more videos of dogs or read more tweets about how my favorite sports team is great or terrible.
We live in a fast paced world, there are times where we must learn in order to keep up with how quickly things change. If we want to have success, we need to continuously have new ideas being pressed into our brains. You are a conglomeration of what you allow into your life. Let the good stuff in.
It seems that for a lot of people, intentional learning ends when their education ends, we let life come at us and don’t seek to grow deeper and wiser. For me, college ended 3 years ago, and I have to fight to make sure that I don’t stop learning. I can’t stop opening up my mind to new ideas and new voices. Learning helps me to stay alert to the world around me, there is so much goodness around us, and I don’t want to miss it.
In this superficial world it is so easy to be static, but I find that the more I commit myself to learning, to reading and listening to good words, the more that I am able to capture depth and meaning in my life.
My challenge for myself and encouragement to you is to read more than you scroll through social media, listen to more audiobooks/podcasts that teach and inspire you, and use each day as a chance to learn.
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