Living and Learning by Doing

Sometimes we forget that growth in business, as in life, is a process.  Growth is a series of experiences, some that are great, some that are strange, and others that just burst our bubbles.

I read somewhere that wisdom becomes knowledge when it is personal experience.  I think it is also correct to rephrase that as knowledge becomes wisdom when grows from personal experience.  The point is experience is vital to wisdom and growth.

Viewed in that way, it is easy to see that we are on the quest for wisdom as we go through the ordinary things of every day.  The question is how aware of the learning process are we?

Over the years, I’ve learned that keeping a journal is a good way to heighten my awareness, to live consciously.  I often look back at my notes, and relive the thoughts and moments they captured.  I thought I’d share a few of the things I’ve reflected on lately.

Read mine, and please share yours.

  1. Become a better listener.  Selectively gather information.  It’s a great way to feed your own intuition.
  2. Have a plan and stay with it.  It doesn’t have to be a grand plan; just a clear path to follow.  It’ll help build character.
  3. Find inspiration – it’s EVERYWHERE!!  Be open to it.
  4. Get an attitude, more precisely, get a can-do attitude.  Learn how to stay away from naysayers – they bring nothing of value to the table.
  5. Pace yourself.  It is true what they say that running a business is not a sprint; it is more like a marathon.  It is important to manage your energies well.
  6. Celebrate every victory, great or small.  You’d be amazed at the boost you’d get.  Victories consolidate your foundation and confidence.
  7. Be generous with others.  Don’t do battle with your competitors.  Instead, build bridges that benefit all.  Anyone can destroy, only the great build.  On a personal level, the harmony you create is a wonderful stress-buster.
  8. When in doubt, PAUSE.  Trust your brain.  Let it recharge before you proceed.  You’d think more clearly and articulate your case more effectively.
  9. Make room for playtime.  Take up a hobby:  learn to dance, to draw, or anything unrelated to work.  The only criterion is that whatever you choose should be FUN.
  10. Stay true to yourself because you are really all you have.  Elevate yourself.  Act in ways that show that you are not for sale.

Go out there and realize your aspirations every day.  Listen to the wisdom of heart.  And trust your intuition – step-by-step.

© Copyright Rachel Agheyisi and Report Content Writer’s Blog, 2009-2010.

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