If I am through learning, I am through. – John Wooden
Vishen Lakhiani of Mindvalley said, “when people graduate from university, that’s their official graduation from learning. Who wants to stop learning?!”
That was perfectly put. People who have more information have a tremendous advantage over the others that don’t. I’m not saying to completely inundate yourself in material, I’m just saying simple behaviors such as reading for an hour a day, turning television time into learning time, attending classes, training programs, gym workouts, morning runs, mastermind groups, or anything to increase your knowledge will substantially increase your level of success.
Television time. Break that word down for a moment — tell-a-vision. Instead of having pity parties about deforestation, famine, global warming, Donald Trump and missiles, have a vision party. You know the average American watches television for 6 hours a day. 6 HOURS A DAY! Ummmm….that would be my family! By the time you’re 60 years old, you will have wasted 15 years of your life watching superficial TV that will in no way help you with you goals or dreams.
W. Clement Stone, who was one of the best mentors the planet has ever seen, explained one day that cutting out just 1 hour of television a day creates an extra 365 hours per year to accomplish whatever is most important to you.
What can you do with that extra hour? Learn a new language! Get superfit. Spend quality time with your wife and children, learn to play a new musical instrument, do more sales calls, or walk down the street smiling freakishly at people.
Leaders Are Readers
“The late Jim Rohn, one of America’s foremost motivation philosophers, suggested using that 1 extra hour a day to read. He taught me that if you were to read one book a week, in 10 years you’d have read 520 books, and in 20 years, more than 1,000 books – enough to easily put you in the top 1% of experts in your field. Add to those the books from masters in related areas you’d have an edge that others simply don’t have.” – Jack Canfield.
Start studying the lives of great people. The routines, which I’ve mentioned so many times, are critical in the morning. Adopting new systematic habits that will jumpstart your morning and make you have a productive morning. All of these are critical components. Attending success conferences and retreats like A-Fest, becoming a coachable individual, and being prepared when opportunity knocks are all part of the process.
What do you need to get ready?
If you’re an industry expert and believe your consulting business would skyrocket after presentation a workshop at a national convention, why not get prepared now?
If you want to become a Tedx speaker, start practicing your speech in the mirror so when you do get an email, you’re ready to go.
Do you need to learn a new foreign language to speak to other individuals? Could you develop advanced skills, more resources, or new contacts? Do you need to get your body in physical shape such as what I’m doing 365 days a year? Should you expand your business skills, sales skills, or negotiating skills?
Whatever you need to do to get ready, start now by making an list of the top ten things you could be doing to be great when the opportunity finds you.