Learning shouldn’t stop with the diploma.

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Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young. – Henry Ford

Besides being put on this earth to accomplish our purpose and enjoy our passions, we are here to continually learn and grow. Taking time out of your day to learn about your passions is a good thing. We all need balance in our life, so remember to include this time in your day as well.

Learning to increase our knowledge of something positive that will help us or those around us should be considered constructive selfishness. Learning and growing mentally, emotionally, and spiritually are the absolute greatest gifts you can give to yourself and your loved ones. Why? Because as you grow and become more mature in each of these areas you will find who you really are. This allows us to become our best self. Being our best self creates happiness within that will then overflow into our relationships.

Life is about relationships. We do not show love to others if we are not happy ourselves. When we are happy with who we are, we help others see that it’s okay to be who they are. So spend some time being constructively selfish. As you become your best through new knowledge and wisdom, you will reflect that in all of your interactions with others.

Action step: Give yourself permission to be selfish today, so you can be your best tomorrow. Not sure where to start? Shoot me an email and we can discuss a plan: jenny@jenniferhester.com

 

 

Why increase your knowledge?

Knowledge changes things. When you begin to learn and open your mind to new ideas you will never be able to go back to the way you use to think. The new knowledge will change old perceptions. As your perceptions begin to change, you change with them. This is a good thing. We are meant to grow and learn. Life was never meant for us to get into one mindset and stay there, although some people do.

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This week I listened to Jim Rohn, who is a very successful entrepreneur. Mr. Rohn shared his message with thousands of people over the years about how he became so successful. One of the key strategies he shares is to increase your knowledge. Read, listen to audiobooks, and learn from others who are doing what you want to do. Increase your knowledge every way you can.

It’s not about increasing you knowledge in just one area, but all areas. Those areas are mind, body, spirit, finances, and relationships. As you increase your knowledge in these areas, you will make positive changes in your life. As you learn about finances you will begin to make wise decisions about spending and investing. As you increase your knowledge about your body, you will want to know what you’re putting into your body. You will want to know what’s in those processed foods and you will begin to skip them and choose healthy food alternatives. The same will go with every aspect of your life.

If you don’t like to read then search the internet for podcasts. There are podcasts on anything you want to learn about these days. One way to start the habit is to commit to listening to one podcast a day or even start with one a week. Start small and increase your listening time a little every month. You are going to love what this does for your mindset. Start this week and don’t put it off. This is an easy way to begin to Invite Excellence into your Life. Go out and share your AWESOME with the world.

Are you a skimmer?

I greatly admired Nelson Mandela and was saddened by his passing. I thought to myself what a great leader and role model we’ve just lost.  I sat and watched some of the tributes to him, in particularly the interview that he did with Oprah back in 2000. I was surprised by his comment that had he not been imprisoned, he would not have been able to achieve the most difficult task in life and that is changing yourself. He said the time that he spent in prison allowed him to sit down and think. He shared that he was in there with other great men and they spent time sharing their views. What remarkable honesty and insight.

“By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest.”

 ~ Confucius (551 BC -479 BC)
Our wisdom in life comes not only from living and reading, but taking the time to reflect on these things. I am the worlds’ worst in this category, but I am going to be intentional, starting today, to reflect more on life. I am guilty of reading a book or blog and then move right onto the next thing. I will gain one or two small bits of knowledge from them, but I am letting what could be an abundance of knowledge slip right through my fingers simply because I won’t slow down long enough to think. I look back over the time I have wasted by being in a hurry in life. No more!!! Today is a new beginning. I recently prayed for God to help me become a more in depth thinker. I don’t want to live life just skimming the surface, there are too many amazing things that I am missing. I think of it like an iceberg, you see the small amount of ice sticking out at the top, but miss the massive amount under the water. This is how we should view quiet time. If we are not using quiet time to reflect then we are allowing massive amounts of knowledge to escape.

Mr. Mandela will be missed by millions. He was a man whose life was forever changed because he was wise enough to see the miracle that could be obtained by sitting down and thinking. Are you a thinker or are you a skimmer? I would love to hear your feedback. Send me an email at jenny@jenniferhester.com or leave a comment to share with everyone. Sitting down and thinking is just another way to Invite Excellence into your Life. Now go be all you were made to be!!!!!