Everything Life

Learning Through Change

Fort Myers, Florida - August 2011

Knowledge is everywhere.

An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.
Benjamin Franklin

Every experience is a new opportunity to learn.  Everything moves rapidly and constantly, evolving faster now than ever before.

I once believed learning had an endpoint.  Once you’d reached your greatest achievement there was nothing left to learn. Now I see learning is endless for any and all subjects.  We can’t be too educated, aware or conscious.  Expanding the mind and depth of experience prepares us for our toughest decisions.

The questions that arise in our immediate future will be dire and of the greatest importance. How we react as individuals, communities, societies and organisms will be crucial to the direction of our existence.

Faith in ourselves and each other is our salvation.  Seek and broadcast truth, maintain a strong desire to grow and expect strong opposition.  Say what you believe and believe what you say.  Appreciate being wrong and value all opinions.

Watch this TED Talk video

Kathryn Shulz, “On being wrong”

The more and more I uncover new truths about life, the more I see the parallels in business, learning, progress and the sport of existence. New understanding in any area pays interest on all accounts.

Knowledge is the sum of information acquired through experience.  Wisdom is applying the quality of that knowledge to decisions in the present. Knowledge we seek is of equal importance to comprehension of whats presented to us.

For me, the key to enlightenment is to stop thinking I know everything and listen to the guidance of others who’s lives and accomplishments embody things I revere.

Things to ask yourself

What is your purpose? Given your present library of knowledge and wisdom, what is the greatest aspiration you could ever seek?

If we are to achieve a richer culture, rich in contrasting values, we must recognize the whole gamut of human potentialities, and so weave a less arbitrary social fabric, one in which each diverse human gift will find a fitting place.
Margaret Mead

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world. Indeed it’s the only thing that ever has.
Margaret Mead

If one truly believes we can do anything we put our mind to, why aren’t we setting seemingly impossible goals for ourselves? Especially if we’ve been so efficient at reaching them in the past.

They can do all because they think they can.

Take a look at the sum of your life. Not rewards or traditional achievements, but how you’ve positively affected the lives of others. What is your impact? What could it be? What are you/we capable of? What we do next is the answer.

I was going to change my shirt, but I changed my mind instead.
Winnie the Pooh

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