Welcome back from vacation. It was great to receive all the emails last week asking if I forgot to post. Well, I decided to follow my own advice from the week before and build a habit of relaxing. It was the first week I have taken away from my work in over a year. So now I’m back from a week off; I’m a married man, and ready to get back to work and achieve my goals. I’m set to take my business to higher levels.
One thing I remembered in the past few weeks was something taught to me years ago. I had forgotten it. It came back to me while I was with Jeff Fagin in his 2% club in Phoenix two weeks ago now.
One thing Jeff left written up the board while I was on the stage was a truth that every successful person must never forget. It was this statement: “Rich people are always learning and growing; poor people think they know it all.”
When was the last time you actually stopped to think, “I still need to learn more.” Yes, I have gotten stuck in years past, feeling like I know so much. But then I hear a truth from a friend that hits me between the eyes. We all still need to learn, and yes, we can learn from anyone. The day you stop learning is the day you start dying.
So I wanted to do a week-long theme focusing on five areas we need to always be learning, and we’ll start off day one with the simple fact that we always need to be learning. Last week I finally did it; we took the trip to the Apple store to buy the MacBook Pro. It is something I’ve wanted for some time, but I waited until it was the result of achievement. It was a reward for reaching a goal.
If you have switched from PC to Mac, you know that with the MacBook there comes a learning curve. It’s time to take all those years of learning computers and change it all. As I sat in the class at the Apple store recently and learned things that are different, I was surprised at the trainer, Erik. When someone would ask something, he actually learned a shortcut or two. He said even he learns things in these classes.
It got me to thinking how, as a coach and speaker, I learn so much when I’m helping a new client. It reminded me of the time I sat at an event with Zig Ziglar and watched him take notes from someone who he trained to be a speaker. It got me to thinking today we all can find learning opportunities everywhere. We must always be open to learning, no matter who it’s from.
So take this week of learning and find new ways to apply it to growth in your life. We can always learn from the newest person in the room. We all have something we have learned to share, and something others have learned we need to listen. Take this week and build learning back into your life.
I’m Tim Gillette, the Rocker Life Coach. It’s time to live your dream, to love what you do and those you share life with. Build a habit of learning in your life and become the RocksStar in your world.