Are you surrounding yourself with people who challenge you and push you to step out of your comfort zone?
Are you reading about new things and or listening to audio books related to your field of business?
If not, do you really know what you are missing?
Regardless of the level of formal education you received in your past, was it your goal to finish a certain per-determined degree or certification with the hopes that you would be done studying forever? Once finished, did you plan to throw away your books, note pads and highlighters only to kick back and rest on your educational laurels???? I don’t know about you but I did. I looked at school as a chore instead of an opportunity to become empowered and create value for my life.
Knowledge is power!
The more we know, if applied correctly, can bring us an insurmountable amount of wealth. I do not necessarily mean only financial wealth, but the knowledge we obtain every day can bring us an abundance of wealth with our relationships, with opportunities, with experiences and with life in general. Just think about what you knew 10 years ago and what mistakes you made that you would never make again. Now reflect about your life 20, 30 and then 50 years ago. You could take hours or even days recalling the mountain sized pile of blunders you made that, although were painful at the time, resulted in experience and wisdom that you are now forever grateful. Now, think about the hours and hours you spent studying your craft. You may have even traveled down a few different paths in your career, but did you appreciate the path you were on at the time as much as you now value the gained knowledge?
I know that many people do not spend any time expanding their knowledge nor do they even like experiencing new things. Being a learning junkie, I just do not understand how everyone does not hunger to keep filling up every nook and cranny of their mind. I did not always feel this way however as I was a typical teenager who could not wait to exit school. I look back at it now and realize it was not the learning that I dreaded, but it was the social aspect of school that stressed me out but that was because I was very introverted which is a story for another day. Now I could spend hours on YouTube learning about things that interest me. I love reading, attending seminars, being in focused learning groups and hearing great speakers share their wisdom. I am constantly jotting down notes in my phone which is much easier than what I used to do trying to collect and decipher the numerous post-it notes from my purse, office and car. I have additionally found several online sources that provide me quotes that provide me inspiration and guidance which I have then been sharing in my daily “Today I Learned” social media posts. You can read these past posts at: https://christieruffino.com/today-i-learned/
I know that the more I learn the wiser I will be to tap into the right bit of information at the right time to make the right decisions. Decisions that will bring me valuable results. My new goal now is to (while working on my writing skills which I know will become more refined and take far less time to draft) share my knowledge on different topics in my new weekly “This Week I Learned” blog post.
It is to be a journey.
You see I DO NOT LIKE writing. And I have to wade through my own mountains of highlighted notes from the past 10 years and decide what is still relevant to share. I am also thinking that I may start with my most recent journey at defining my brand, creating my website and all of the other marketing associated with that. I also have oodles of experience at social media marketing, automated marketing and author marketing in addition to my knowledge about networking and tribe building with my networking community the Dynamic Professional Women’s Network www.OurDPWN.com.
My hopes it that while I am on this sharing journey, I will be helping other women also become empowered also so they too make decisions that will bring me valuable results. If you have anything specific you would like to learn next week, please share in the comments below.
To Learn or To Lose?