I’m sure you’re familiar with the saying: “You learn something new every day!” and while it would be nice if it were true – it’s not, not entirely.
Perhaps a more accurate statement would be: “You learn something new every day, if you’re prepared to go after it.”
When we’re young, the world is filled with new and exciting information to discover. I’m quite certain that my three children, (the oldest is eight) do in fact learn something new every day. I mean, you just can’t ask the number of questions that they ask in a 24-hour period and not learn something…it’s a statistical impossibility!
But as we get older, the world becomes less new and less exciting. It becomes more predictable and more mundane, it shouldn’t – but it does. As adults we have to do things like; get a job, pay a mortgage, balance the accounts, BE a grownup – and the truth is that in the middle of all that responsibility we can allow days, weeks, months even to go by – without learning anything new.
I mean – when was the last time you learned a new skill? An instrument? A language? Went to a cooking class? An art class? Took dance lessons? Attended night school? Enrolled in a course? Started up a new hobby? Played a new sport? Watched a documentary? Read a biography? Or even had a proper conversation with someone you’ve never had a conversation with before?
In fact – when was the last time you stopped and thought: “Wow – I did not know that.” I can almost guarantee that even at that level, at its most minimal expression – it’s not happening every day. How do I know that? Because I know that as adults we don’t learn something new every day – unless we’re prepared to go after it. We get so busy doing life that we forget to grow.
And that’s the real issue – every time I let a day go by without learning anything new, I let a day go by without growing as a person, because in order to grow, I need new information.
Unfortunately, as adults – this just doesn’t happen organically, it only happens deliberately. We need to hunt out new information, explore new experiences, put ourselves in new environments, and yes – sometimes even prioritize new people.
The bottom line is this: If we don’t do it on purpose, it won’t happen consistently by accident.
I don’t know about you – but I want to grow consistently, not sporadically, not randomly, not from time to time – I want to grow every day.
So – with that goal in mind, let me ask you three questions:
1) When was the last time you did something for the first time?
2) How regularly do you find yourself saying; “Wow – I didn’t know that!”
3) What’s ONE THING you can do today to learn something new?
Make a decision to learn something new every day – it’s the easiest way to grow!