What Did You Learn Today?

I was going to start this blog with ‘you know how I always say keep learning’, and then it occurred to me that I really don’t know if I have written about that.  

That is something that I have always admired in another person.  The want and desire to be a life-long learner is a quality I really admire but I don’t know if I have put that thought into this blog.  So fine, here it is….. With all my heart I think that being a life-long learner is one of the most underrated qualities a person can have, There, I said it!

No, really,  you know when you go to a reunion of any kind whether it is school, family, or even team or club and you talk to people that you were really looking forward to seeing and you ask…  “so, what’s new?” and they have nothing to add.  They are in the same job, same place, haven’t traveled, haven’t tried anything new or noteworthy, and they have only just aged and that is all that is new.  I find that truly sad.  When people say that they are just as they were in high school or whenever I think that is really sad.  I am so glad that I am not the same person I was way back then.  

Back in the day, I thought all sorts of things. Things that have been proven that I was just plain ignorant.  I truly had no idea what I was doing as a young parent and if I hadn’t taken the time to read as much as I could or talk to other mom’s, my kids could have been totally messed up.  When I was young I had no idea what it was going to be like at the age I am now and why should I?  But if I hadn’t kept learning, I would be a person in a grown up body but still be sounding like a teenager and that is just as bad as seeing people dressing the same as when they were 17.  It’s time to grow people.

The desire to learn actually goes way deeper than learning that huge 80’s hair is tacky and gentlemen, combovers were never in style.  The world is changing too fast to leave learning to the news you watch while eating the same dinner that your mom cooked.  We need to be active learners in our own health, finances, electronics, politics, and nutrition.  It is up to us to keep our brains as active as our bodies should be.  It has been proven that keeping active as we age, even a little activity, helps all aspects of aging.  Just as reading anything, even online or comics helps children’s minds to develop.

In our journey to better health, we read a lot.  We bought books, spent a lot of time online, talked to all sorts of people, even experimented with what we learned.  Learning isn’t just sitting in a quiet library anymore like most of us hated in school.  

  • It is online classes.  
  • It is picking someone’s brain at a coffee shop.  
  • It may be magazines.
  • It may be online subscriptions.  
  • It is podcasts that you can listen to while hiking.  
  • It is video courses that you can interact with.  
  • It can be online masterminds or,
  • What we did this weekend, attend an event with actual live speakers.

We had the privilege to attend a really great event in town this weekend.  It was called the Real Talk Summit.  It was an all day event of conversation with some of the brightest entrepreneurs in the business community.  The day started with Danielle LaPorte and ended with the amazing Gary Vaynerchuk.  In between were some of the most amazing people that had a whole world of advice to offer.

These kind of learning events are the ones that most appeal to me.  I learn the most and they seem to stay with me the longest.  Sometimes I get distracted with other kinds of learning so seeing somebody in person just has much more of an impact for me.  But you really need to do what works best for you.  Going to these type of events usually aren’t even close to being cheap, but most of these people are available online and in books, so their message is out there, you just need to find the way to connect that works best with you.

The most important thing here is that you keep your mind moving.  Find something to stimulate your mind, find something to learn about.  Find the way that works best for you.  Learn more ways to cook, exercise, invest, earn more money, learn how to relax, find out some history, learn another language, paint a picture, learn to grow a garden, find ways to serve, research your faith, just open your mind and learn.

Curiosity is the wick in the candle of learning. – William Arthur Ward

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