As “back to school” approaches quickly and parents find themselves scrambling to jump back in the daily activities of the school season, I can’t help but wonder why we take breaks from learning? Learning, after all, is how we make sense of the world, how we develop, grow, and mold into our best selves. It is my hope that the ones I mentor, my children, and the people I work with are constant learners.
Shift in Attitude
It would benefit us to shift our attitudes from starting school now and ending next spring to an attitude of continued learning. In essence, school should never be out for a period of time. If we adopted this mind set, every aspect of our lives would progress. We would find new energy and a profound way of living instead of becoming stagnant. Charlie Munger said “I’m 92 years old and I’m still eliminating ignorance everyday.” If a man of his stature is still eliminating ignorance everyday than I think the average person could find some sort of ignorance to replace with knowledge and wisdom everyday as well.
As a financial advisor I would challenge you to become a lifetime learner. Become passionate about acquiring knowledge and self growth. It’s easy to stop learning when we don’t have a teacher holding us accountable, but now you can pick your own curriculum. With the internet, you can learn about anything you want; how to advance in your financial advisory career, how to be a better parent, how to live a healthier lifestyle, or even learning a new hobby. We’ve never lived in a better time where the amount of success we attain is solely dependent on ourselves and our acquisition of knowledge.
School of Wisdom
I invite you to enroll in the lifetime school of wisdom with me. Once we begin to see a different way of looking at learning and applied wisdom we see that life is essentially the school we actually want to be enrolled in. Learning to continuously grow, seek information, be curious, and ask questions will help you prevail in your career and your life in general. You’re never to old to learn something new and their wrong when they say “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks.” You can teach yourself anything you set your mind to.
If you found this article help be sure to check out “3 Reasons you should stop timing the market for your clients.”