I have tried to make it a habit to start my thinking late at night or early in the morning. This is my quiet time when I journal. I have often looked back on my experiences…my failures. I like to think on them as learning curves. I was in a direct sales business and had some success. I was able to be mentored by some very successful people, you could call them millionaires if you like. One of them drew me a picture on a napkin over one of my counseling sessions.
He explained from the time we are born to about the age of twenty our learning curve is amazing and the abilities we pick up are astounding. The mind is literally like a blank sheet of paper capturing everything around us like paint being thrown against a canvas. Now that I am a parent I see this in the way my children learned to crawl, then walk. All the while learning to talk! You know they say the English language is one of the hardest to learn but we all learn it (some of us anyways). My point is once we finish school (collage), we literally start the decline of our passion to learn. I mean sure we go on to acquire a occupation but do we really have the hunger to learn?
Of course, you will learn some things through on the job experience. Some people learn by getting things wrong and right. On the job training and things like that. But with no pressure to learn, no grade to make if you will is the reason why people stop pushing themselves to learn.
Back to the napkin drawing….Picture this.
My mentor drew a stick figure and then a long line. He then drew a shaded box and labeled it 1 to 20 years. Then he continued the line and drew another set of numbers 20 to R.I.P. marked on a little grave stone. Then what he explained to me changed my life forever. He said this drawing represents most peoples learning lifespan. He continued to say as he shaded in a little box in the 20 to 40 year time frame. If one were to continue learning, self developing and pursuing excellence, they will find it. Many who do are the stories of success you read in the news and see on television. The ones who do not fall in this category (the shaded box in the ages of 50 to R.I.P) usually die complacent, unhappy and broke.
Can you imagine what would happen if you kept up an accelerated learning curve all the rest of your life? Can you imagine what you could learn to do, the skills you could develop, the things you could accomplish? Here’s what I’m asking you to do: be that person who keeps up his appetite for always trying to find good ideas, a hinger to never stop learning. Always expecting excellence.
One way to feed your mind with success. Readers are leaders you have heard this before. Success leaves clues. This is why there are so many success books out there to buy, to read. We have so many people of history still ever present with us today in the pages of books they have written. Go to your local library for books and audios. They are ripe gardens of information for your mind to feed upon.
While reading I also encourage you to write. Keep a journal and share it with a mentor. If you do not have a mentor I suggest you seek one out. Someone who will not love you for who you are but who you can become!
My mentor taught me to be weary of whom I associated with. He said “If you show me who your friends are I will tell you where you will be in five years.” Association is ket to who you are. These are the influences that effect your daily actions and outcomes. If you are around people who stretch you and challenge you to grow you will be successful. If you are around mediocre people who do not want to challenge themselves to be better, then you will rot in mediocrity.
My life was changed by my mentor Mr. Cary Hise those seven years. During those times he shared with me at dinner, at business conferences, in private conversations and in groups. He gave me many ideas that shaped me and challenged me. He made me wonder who I was and what I wanted to become. He enabled me to make small changes in my life. Those changes shaped me into who I have become.
A big part of the lesson was having Mr. Hise repeat the ideas over and over. Learning comes by repetition. They say someone has to hear something seven time in order for it to stick. Its a good thing I listen to Mr. Hise and his counsel hundreds of time.
Please continue to always grow and challenge yourself. Never stop the hunger for learning. Fall in love with the adventure of shaping yourself. I believe that those who chase greatness will find it. It is these people who invent, create and shape the world. You can be great. I believe in you.
Nathan Smith is a high performance professional with 17 years of sales and marketing experience with an exemplary track record attributed to relationship selling and management technique. He is creative, on-the-edge, speaker whose expertise on sales, customer loyalty, and personal development is in high demand. Known for presentations and seminars that are funny, insightful, and in your face. Nathan gives audiences information they can take out in the street one minute after the seminar is over and turn it into money. He has helped many people with internet marketing, production performance, social media marketing, leadership training and business protocol. His passion is helping people win in business and in life. To work with Nate click here.