Updated: Jun 14, 2019
Goal #1 in my life. I want to learn (that's a lie, goal #1 was always to be a husband and a father...and I've already accomplished that).
I want to learn how to be a lot of things: a better husband, father, son, brother, friend, mentor, employee, boss, communicator, reader, writer, learner. The list goes on and on. I want to learn.
The cool part about learning is that the opportunities are endless: reading, listening, experiencing, observing. Just to name a few. I think that the most important part of leaning is accepting that there is always more to learn, and being willing and open to change. Country music fans might be familiar with the Tracy Byrd song, Time Marches On.
"The only thing that stays the same is
Everything changes, everything chayeeanges "
(in case you that are singing along)
Tracy Byrd may not have been talking about learning, but a true learner understands his message. Learning new things changes perspective, changes behavior, changes actions.
While listening to the One Percent Better Project podcast yesterday morning, I heard David Allen (not to be confused with my father, David Allen Woodward), the interviewee, talk about growth he experienced by reading "self development" books. I've never heard it put that way.
Many people, I'm sure, can bear witness to the negative connotations that so called "self help" books have inexplicably earned. They really are aimed at development and personal improvement...how is that a bad thing? If you want a "self help" book, go get "How to Change Your Garbage Disposal for Dummies" (don't know if that actually exists...a YouTube video would probably be more helpful).
Learn. Develop. Grow. Improve. Your life will thank you.