Keep learning, keep growing.

I am currently reading, “The 3600 leader” by John C. Maxwell. The book is about developing your influence from anywhere in the organisation. He talks about principles for influencing people above you, those at the same level as you and those below you in the organization. Principle # 9 for influencing those above you is “Be better tomorrow than you are today”. The entire book is full of very important content. I am focusing the rest of my life to personal growth; therefore this principle caught my attention among others.

John C. Maxwell says that “my life began changing when I stopped setting goals for where I wanted to be and started setting the course for who I wanted to be” He says that because when goals are achieved, we usually stop striving to grow or improve and so we waste the potential on the inside of us. He continues to advise never try to “arrive”, instead, intend your journey to be open-ended. John C. Maxwell has discovered for others and for himself that the key to personal development is being more growth-oriented than goal-oriented. There is no downside to making growth your goal. If you keep learning, you will be better tomorrow than you are today.

President Abraham Lincoln said, “I don’t think much of a man who is not wiser today than he was yesterday.” By focusing on growth, you become wiser each day. If you want a tree to produce, first you have to let it grow. The more the tree has grown and has created strong roots that can sustain it, the more it can produce. The more it can produce, the greater its value. People are not all that different. The more they grow the more valuable they are because they can produce more.

Elbert Hubbard: “If what you did yesterday still looks big to you, you haven’t done much today.” If you look back at past accomplishments, and they don’t look small to you now, then you haven’t grown very much since you completed them. If you look back at a job you did years ago, and you don’t think you could do it better now, then you’re not improving in that area of your life. The more you learn and grow, the greater your capacity to keep learning.

Indian reformer Mahatma Gandhi said, “The difference between what we do and what we are capable of doing would suffice (be adequate) to solve most of the world’s problems.” That is how great our potential is. All we have to do is keep fighting to learn more, grow more, become more. An investment in your growth is an investment in your ability, your adaptability, and your promotability. No matter how much it costs you to keep growing and learning, the cost of doing nothing is greater.

Founding father Ben Franklin said, “By improving yourself, the world is made better. Be not afraid of growing too slowly. Be afraid only of standing still. Forget your mistakes, but remember what they taught you.” So how do you become better tomorrow? By becoming better today. The secret of your success can be found in your daily agenda.

Keep learning, keep growing.


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