Learning and breathing (for humans and most other beings on this planet) are things that cannot be avoided. You can’t choose when you want to learn – you just do.
We learn from any and everything. It’s an impulsive thing we tend to do.
With that being said, I wanted to place emphasis on the importance of information and the ways in which we obtain it.
I know that I talk a lot about books and how great it is to read them. To be honest, they aren’t the best way to get information. At least, not for everyone.
Also, not for all things.
I read because I like to do it. There is an utter lack of stimuli with books. You don’t have to pay attention to multiple things – they are a great way of developing one’s ability to focus.
The thing they aren’t so great at is developing muscle memory. They don’t develop instinct. They give you information but, they sometimes aren’t very useful for practice.
Aside from books, I’ve found that going out and talking to knowledgeable individuals to be very helpful.
And thankfully, I’ve been able to converse with quite a few knowledgeable individuals.
These people (some I like to call mentors) have been very helpful in pushing me along the path.
Their helpfulness is one of the main reasons why I felt the need to discuss what I look for in mentorship and why I’ve found these traits to be so helpful.
- I go for what I need (and sometimes I don’t).
- We all have “deficiencies”. I know that mine is that I’m not the most outgoing person in all situations. Depending on the instance, I simply won’t go out and do anything at all. This typically happens when I don’t know what to say or don’t feel like what I’m thinking of doing would be the best move at that particular time. I’ve found that being around people who thrive in social environments is a big help in developing that ability. While being around these people didn’t show me exactly what to feel or how to act, it did show me what it meant to really be comfortable.
- Don’t go for the boastful
- Now, I guess this depends on your personality and what exactly you’re looking to pick up from these people. For instance, I know of a person and he’s one of the best salesmen you’ll likely ever meet. He has that extreme comfort that one needs in order to sell. He has the charm. He’s really built for the task to be honest. If I were to listen to him, it would be to learn how to sell and nothing else. With that being said, the man’s ability to sell also leads him to do what comes naturally to him – sell. He will attempt to – and likely be successful at – sell you anything. Even information that he doesn’t really have. *It’s actually quite funny seeing him do this. It’s for this reason, that I like to pay a bit more attention to what the people actually do and not what they say. If you listen to only what they say, you’ll find yourself full of a bunch of misinformation.
- Also, there are quite a few diamonds in the ruff out in this world. They know what they’re talking about, they just don’t project it. I listen to them. Look a bit deeper.
That’s really all there is to it. I try to look a bit deeper. You’ll be surprised what there is to learn out in this world.