Learning is LIfe
Opening our ears and minds to listening to others is the first key to learning from others, and being smart enough to know we have something to learn. People learn from experience, and so learning from other people and their experiences is key in growth. Sometimes we make mistakes, some small, some big, and each one of those is a lesson in life to each of us. Even if we believed the decision we made was wise, and we did due dilligence before making it, sometimes it ends up to be a bad decision and is costly to us in one way or another. While some identify this as failure, it is only failure if you didn't learn from the experience.
When you were a baby you tried to walk, you fell down, and you learned that you have to take small steps, hold on to something, until you can balance and walk alone. The same is true in life, and sometimes we fall down, but it does not mean we will never try to walk again. Great Olympians have faced sacrifice, some have lost limbs and some have lost their life. Learning and moving forward are what make them true winners. Some folks write books about their experiences, hoping to help others as they heal themselves from their mistakes. Sometimes admitting the mistake, sharing it with others is key in moving on. Sometimes you might feel like you are losing but in reality you are winning because you are not keeping an accurate score. Tracking your failures, tracking your success is important, whether it be weight loss, or marathon training, or business.
Companies, individuals, families, everyone learns from each other, and they also learn by example, so teaching that mistakes are not failures is as critical as teaching and sharing successes. Experiences are not failures, and dwelling on them is not the answer to building a better future, learning from them is. The only way to learn is to admit a mistake, just like cheating on a diet, you know you did it, and it is going to slow progress, but it does not stop the goals. Asking ourselves how we can do better, what can we change to be successful, what can we share so others do not have to make the same mistake, that is where you find power in learning. If we put our focus on the education of the journey and not the bad we can grow and help others grow as well. If you are in a cycle of a failure thinking pattern, then it will continue to plague your life, it is up to you to make the change, it is up to you to learn.
If we look around us at the knowledge that surrounds us daily, if we open our minds and take time to open our eyes, we can learn everyday, and if we walk that same path everyday for a week, we would learn something new everyday. We never cease to learn, and that is the essence of being wise. Think about how much knowledge is amassed in the elderly, think about someone who has lived to be 100, and what they have seen in their lifetime. Instead of pushing away the people that can enlighten you, take the time to hear them. Not everyone is right, not everyone is wrong, but everyone has something to teach and everyone has something to learn.