March 19, 2017
[wolf_dropcap text=”S” font=”Montserrat”]ometime ago, I read an interesting article detailing the habits of successful and wealthy people. In this moment, I cannot recall the source of the article, but I do remember a few of the points that stuck out to me. The first point of insight revealed that successful and wealthy people work between 80-90 hours a week instead of the typical 40 to 50. Secondly, the article outlined that these persons operate as their own greatest critics and motivators. They are honest with themselves about their performance but also choose to look at life and situations through positive lenses. Finally, successful and wealthy people set aside at least one hour a day for intentional learning. This time is used to discover areas outside of usual interests to broaden enlightenment and creativity. As I thought about these three notions, I discovered that these are life areas that everyone should employ generally and spiritually for the kingdom of God: We should be hardworking, honest and encouraging and humble enough to seek knowledge and understanding.
Since reading this article I have tried to employ the tenants and principles of its advice. More specifically, I have been intentional about my consistency with the third pillar and have been amazed with the amount of learning I have experienced simply from perusing social media. I must confess that I may have a slight obsession largely attributed to my sentiment that the internet is a bedrock of interpersonal genius. From simple recipes to home and auto care; to historical data and global cultural practices, social media places the entire world at the swift swipe of a finger. There is no doubt in my mind that God has intentionally scattered knowledge, sprinkled wisdom and hidden talent among all people around the world and social media has become a vehicle of renaissance and discovery.
There are some people who subscribe to the old adage that “you cannot teach an old dog new tricks”. Unfortunately, many use this phrase as a safeguarded reason to stubbornly continue the same habits, routines and thought processes. Last week during my time of intentional learning I discovered that science refutes this claim and establishes that as long as one is alive and functioning a person has the ability to learn new concepts, skills and behaviors. In fact, each time we learn something, our brain adds a new wrinkle! Isn’t that amazing? We are never too old to learn, grow, dream, try, discover, invent, reinvent or simply change. What will you challenge yourself to learn today? Rejoice and be glad!