Your ability to expand your mind and strive for lifelong learning is critical to your success. By dedicating yourself to learning, you can get ahead in every aspect of your life. All it takes is a commitment.

For people dedicated to continuous learning, it means that they attend annual events and go to every session available that has new insights that can help them to be more effective in getting the results for which they are responsible.

The most successful people read an average of 2-3 hours per day. They belong to organizations that encourage learning the most current information and share ideas.

Learning is the minimum requirement for success in your field. Information and knowledge on everything is increasing every day. This means that your knowledge must also increase to keep up.

Do You Expand Your Mind?

This brings us to a very important point on intelligence, information, and lifelong learning.

There are three different kinds of education that you can acquire, either deliberately or in a random fashion. These three kinds of learning are ‘Keeping up’, ‘Growth and Development’, and ‘Who’d have Thought’.

 

1) Keeping Up

This means keeping your knowledge current within your specialist field.

This keeps you on pace and prevents you from falling behind. Many people think that reading an occasional book and keeping current with blogs and newsletters is the equivalent of adding to their education.

This is not the case…

Keeping up is the same as checking the stock market reports each day to find out the sales prices of various stocks and securities. This information does not add to your knowledge of the companies, the market, or the investment potential of a particular stock.

Keeping up is essential. It’s similar to light physical exercise that keeps you at a particular level of fitness. It won’t increase your level of fitness or improve your conditioning in any way, but it will keep you in shape.

 

2) Growth and Development

This is the kind of learning that adds knowledge and skills to your repertoire that you did not have before. This process of changing and becoming larger, stronger, or more impressive, successful, or advanced, can’t fail to cause change.

Growth and development helps you expand your mind. You’re acquiring information that you didn’t have that enables you to do things that you could not do previously. Some of the very best thinkers in the world today are producing some of the very best material and ideas that you can use for continuous education and to help you expand your mind.

The great news is that you can find this information on the internet. U-tube, podcasts, blogs and books are all great sources of information. If you think about it most of this information you don’t even have to buy.

I quite often attend half day seminars or short two or three hour events. Quite often people you mix and network with will provide these and I always come away with ideas or important reminders. Golden nuggets if you like.

 

3) Who’d have Thought

‘Who’d have Thought’ is learning that contradicts or reverses a piece of knowledge or understanding that you already have.

The primary sources of innovation in a business can be the unexpected successes or the unexpected failures. Something that happens that is completely inconsistent with the expectations of what should have happened.

This “contradiction” can give you insights that can enable you to either take advantage of a major change in the marketplace or guard against a serious reversal.

Because we are very often creatures of habit, when something happens that we don’t expect, we choose to ignore it in favour of the old information with which we are more comfortable.

Don’t be afraid of change.

If you are prepared to change and adapt you will break through the barriers to Success.

Hope this helps.

Adrian Chase

With Your Success in Mind I Coach People to *Achieve Rapport Quickly *Listen more Effectively & *Gain Client Confidence