As the world turns, the skills that have created success begin to become irrelevant. Our place in life becomes less meaningful as we slide into the past, and our impact a faint memory. Unless, of course, those skills evolve faster than the world.
Gaining knowledge is like buying a new pair of the lightest running shoes on the market. The day we purchase them, they are hard to put down. Driving home from the store, we reach over and take one out of the box to feel it. When we get home, we immediately put them on our feet to experience the weight. An overwhelming feeling of excitement takes over to go for a run and see how the shoes perform. Even though it’s cold and a bit rainy, the outcome of the run is our best 3 mile time ever, we feel energized and fast. “WOW! This light technology is amazing and exciting”, we think to ourselves. Because of the new best, the dopamine level in our brain rises, increasing happiness and motivation.
Then after a month or two, our running time is back to normal. The shoes sit on the garage floor with the rest of the old ones and are now just shoes. The excitement fades and the record time becomes status quo.
Similar to this, learning something new is motivational. It leads us toward our best results as we take the new skill for a run. We gain confidence to influence change in the world and naturally become better tomorrow than we are today.
Most importantly, learning is not a sometimes thing, it is an every second of everyday thing. It is not up to others, but is instead a mindset that we must stay consistent to. Learning is a habit – without it we will become a product of the past and cease to exist in the present.
No matter what our value to the world at this very moment. Should we learn faster in our field than others, we will one day achieve greatness.