- Posted by Paul Towers
- On May 25, 2015
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- Always Be Learning, Personal Growth
Why are some people destined for success, while others seem completely content with plodding through life day after day with nothing driving them forward except the rise and fall of the sun? In my opinion the moment you stop learning, stop growing and stop seeking new experiences is the moment you become the crowd. The crowd of people who view life as a chore, something that just has to be done! Too many people wake up each day and do the same thing and get the same outcome, year after year after year!
When they look back on their life what do you think they are going to see! They are going to see a movie that is stuck on repeat 80% of the time. Wake up, go to work, come home, go to bed! Seriously that is the life that the majority of people live. Where is the growth? Where is the fulfilment and most importantly where is the purpose in their life?
The other night my brother, James, put up an insightful post on Facebook. I won’t repeat it in it’s entirely here, but essentially it was a thank you. A thank you to all the people who told him to be the crowd, a thank you to the people who said to not be different, to do the same as those around you. While this may seem counterintuitive to thank the people attempting to hold you back, my brother made the point that it if it was not for those trying to hold him back he may not have broken out and made the decision to live life on his own terms.
This is something I often think about. I see a lot of people who “wished” they did things, but never did. People who say I “want to do” something but never do. I don’t see myself as one of those people and have lived my life as an explorer of new ideas and content. Until now I didn’t really have a way of explaining it to others, but now I do. And it can be summed up in three words: “Always Be Learning”. Every moment of every day is an opportunity to learn, try and experience new things and it is the art of learning that provides the greatest opportunity in life.
The most important point in all this however is that “learning” is not a formal regiment or structure, it is a free flowing process guided by your interests and desires at any point in time. While it may drive my wife Ashleigh crazy, I always have “one more article to read”. This is because I hear or see something and want to know more. As a result I am led to an article, video or podcast, but this process of discovery leads to yet more questions and I am once again searching out the next piece of content to learn and fill my brain. In fact if you ever looked at my phone you would see 50 + tabs opened in safari, a record of the articles I have jumped between on a daily basis!
While I am a consumer of produced content (written words, video or audio) learning is not confined to what is produced by others. Depending on your interests and what drives you, you can learn just as much walking through nature, talking to strangers on the street or observing the world as it goes by. No matter what way you choose to experience life’s lessons, the key message is that you must Always Be Learning.
It is through learning that you make new discoveries and create new opportunities for yourself. On a simple level how do you know that the burning desire you have to try your hand at painting doesn’t turn into a life long passion that see’s your work featured in galleries around the world? Or perhaps learning a new skill that isn’t directly related to what you do today, leads to a dream job, in a fast growing industry in the future? If you think of it another way, the moment you stop learning is the moment you limit your opportunities to what you can already do today. And the younger you are when you stop learning the greater the cap you put on your life.
My hope through writing this article is that you reflect on your life. If your day to day routine has been the same, year after year, then you need to turn it around, seek out new opportunities and re-start your need to always be learning. If on the other hand this article resonates with you on another level and you can see similarities in your own life, then take a leaf from both this article and my brothers Facebook post and commit to living the rest of your life on your own terms, while maintaining that lifelong desire to ALWAYS BE LEARNING.
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