“The illiterate of the 21st Century are not those who cannot read and write but those who cannot learn, unlearn and relearn.”
Alvin Toffler said that in his book Powershift…in 1991. I believe it is still true today. But how many people intentionally improve their learning skills?
In today’s fast-changing environment, there’s really no choice—to be your best, you must be a lifelong learner. Whether that means going back to college, finding a good mentor, or learning to learn on your own, you need to keep growing intellectually.
And if you don’t find learning enjoyable, you’re probably going about it incorrectly. It stimulates your mind and your creativity, and it’s the surest way to live a full and interesting life. The key is to be an active learner—to take initiative and take control of your ongoing education.
It may seem adequate to have a teachable attitude and just kind of learn as you go. But it’s not enough to passively wait for others to share new information and ideas or to bump through life without analyzing the valuable lessons in your experiences.
In The Potential Principle, I’ll show you how to keep building your knowledge base and developing your intellectual skills. I’ll help you achieve your very best by teaching you how to stay current with what’s happening in your field and in the world at large. My new book has lots of good tips, including this:
Be intentional about learning.
Take responsibility for learning how to learn. The greater your foundation of knowledge, the more you’ll make fresh connections and generate new ideas. That’s how innovation happens, and that’s how possibilities arise. It’s how you move toward your true potential.
In the book, I’ll introduce you to a self-taught man who is one of the wealthiest and most respected investors in the world. You’ll also meet a woman who used education to move from waiting tables to working at NASA. Their stories will inspire you to embrace learning as enthusiastically as they have.
Learning is a lifelong journey. It’s an exciting trip, but you have to be proactive. You can either drift aimlessly down the river or grab your paddle and go for it. There’s a lot to be discovered out there, and for those willing to steer their own course, there’s a lot to be gained.
If you’re serious about being the very best you can be, personally and professionally, adopt a mind-expanding mindset.
Be intentional about learning, and become a better learner.
Pre-order The Potential Principle at potentialprinciple.com.
New York Times bestselling author Mark Sanborn’s new book The Potential Principle: A Proven System for Closing the Gap Between How Good You Are and How Good You Could Be is scheduled to release September 5, 2017 and provides a map and method for becoming better than best. By identifying the four key areas in which growth is possible—thinking, performing, learning, and reflecting—and applying the four tools of improvement in those areas—disrupt, refocus, engage, and expand— Sanborn reveals the secret for achieving breakthrough improvement in any area of life. Mark is president of Sanborn and Associates Inc., an idea studio dedicated to developing leaders in business and in life. He is a noted authority and an in-demand speaker on leadership, customer service, and extraordinary performance.