Never Stop Learning, Improving, and Doing

Never Stop Learning, Improving, and Doing

I have a voracious appetite for learning. As such, I read – a lot. Lately, I have found myself reading a lot of business-related books in an effort to continue to grow not only personally, but professionally. I recently read and discussed Michael Hyatt’s new Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World. I’m also nearly finished reading Chris Guillebeau’s The 100 Startup: Reinvent the Way You Make a Living, Do What You Love, and Create a New Future. A review of this fantastic book will be forthcoming in the coming weeks.

I’m reading more of these types of books as I need to keep growing professionally. Both of these books are challenging me to think about things from a different perspective. Could you imagine looking at a problem from inside the same box day in and day out? Thinking outside the box and discovering new solutions to old problems helps you stay sharp by improving your memory and your critical thinking ability.

Outside of reading books, blogs, and magazines, what else can you do to improve? There are plenty of videos on Vimeo and YouTube where you can learn how to do something. Maybe you want to take up a new hobby or learn a new language. You could travel and explore different regions. Speaking of exploring, have you ever explored your own town – gone off the beaten path? Did you find anything exciting? What about stepping outside of your comfort zone – try a different ethnic food; go bungee jumping; introduce yourself to someone new?

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did.”
– Mark Twain

There are lots of opportunities for you to challenge and better yourself. Make a list and identify things you want to do. Yes, I suppose you could call it a “bucket list”, but it’s so much more than that. It gives you goals to strive toward attaining. Some of them can be completely off-the-wall, while others may be easy to attain. Without writing them down, they’re not actionable, but merely dreams hoping to become reality.

The moral to all of this is that you need to continually challenge yourself. You need to keep learning, finding ways to improve, and experiencing things. The Internet has opened the door to so many possibilities. It’s up to you whether or not you want to strive toward greatness.

What do you do to challenge yourself? What’s something you’ve learned recently that’s given you an “AHA” moment? Do share in the comments.

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