“The secret to mastery in any field is to forever be a student.” Martin Palmer
There are one or two areas of knowledge that most of us strive to know very well – things related to our jobs, and maybe a hobby or two. But while it’s important to develop a deep understanding of the things that matter most to us, it is just as important to develop a broad understanding of the world in general.
A Chinese boy who wanted to learn the art, jade, went to study with a talented old teacher. This gentleman put a piece of the stone into the youth’s hand asking him to hold it tight. Then he began to talk of philosophy, men and women, the sun, and almost everything under it. After an hour he took back the stone and sent the boy home. He repeated the procedure for weeks. The boy became frustrated; when would he be told about jade – he was too polite to interrupt his venerable teacher. Then one day when the old man put a stone into his hands, the boy cried out instantly, “That’s not jade!”
This is how it looks when we try to learn about something in life. It takes a longer time to learn; it takes step by step to get to learn about things that matter to us. Along the line, we get frustrated, tired and even try to quit. But perseverance is all it takes to learn. A lot of unfortunate people think that learning for the sake of learning is something for schoolchildren, and maybe college students. All the things there are to learn and know that don’t impact directly on their immediate lives they dismiss as “trivia”. There’s no time for such frivolities; there’s serious work to get done!
There are a lot of good, practical reasons to make learning something new a part of your daily routine, but the best reason has nothing to do with practicality – we are learning creatures, and the lifelong practice of learning is what makes us humans and our lives worthwhile. Check out some more down-to-earth benefits of learn
1. Learning across a wide range of subjects gives us a range of perspectives to call on in our own narrow day-to-day areas of specialization.
2. Learning helps us more easily and readily adapt to new situations.
3. A broad knowledge of unfamiliar situations feeds innovation by inspiring us to think creatively and providing examples to follow.
4. Learning deepens our character and makes us more inspiring to those around us.
5. Learning makes us more confident.
6. Learning instills an understanding of the historical, social, and natural processes that impact and limit our lives.
7. Learning makes life worth living.
WISDOM NUGGET: Proverbs 4:5-6
“Get wisdom! Get understanding! Do not forget, nor turn away from the words of my mouth. Do not forsake her, and she will preserve you; Love her, and she will keep you.” – NKJV
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