As the kids head back to classrooms and schools all over the country this week, I began to reflect on my love of learning.
Ever since I asked my mom to teach me to read at the age of four, I can remember being a voracious learner. I excelled in school, sought out opportunities to take challenging courses, love to read non-fiction, and have invested in my professional development as a means to keep learning. I recently decided to start keeping track of the things I’m learning each month.
Here are the eight biggest lessons I learned in the eighth month of 2019:
1. Having an open mind about meeting new people can take you places you never imagined you might go.
2. Giving a project or initiative 100% is never a waste of time or resources because you most always learn something new for yourself.
3. Good people are most always connected to other good people. And those good people will typically go out of their way to help if you are specific in what your needs are.
4. You will never know how far you might go if you are too afraid to take the first step.
5. Investing in yourself through learning opportunities will pay dividends beyond what you can see in today’s returns.
6. Eight weeks goes by a lot faster than you can imagine. You will be amazed at what you can accomplish week over week for two months.
7. Summer school can actually be quite fun!
8. Learning about each generation in today’s workforce can make you a more effective communicator and leader.
I’d love to know what you’ve been learning lately. What did August 2019 teach you?