If you desire to succeed in your life, don't stop growing. It is amazing to me how many people get to a certain place in their development, I would say somewhere in late adolescence or early adulthood, and remain there for the remainder of their lives.
To be exceptional, stay committed to your emotional, relational and spiritual growth. I am forever grateful for the influence of my father, a lifelong learner. It seemed like everytime we turned around he was pursuing another degree. My passion for learning and love of books stems from his influence.
Associations Influence Your Growth
The fact that you're reading this tells me you're the type of person who is focused on learning and growing. What makes the difference between those of us who passionately pursue growth and those who settle for the status quo. I believe the dominant cause is our influences, both the past and the current. We can reinforce the good ones from the past and alter the negative ones. But the greatest action we can take is to control what has influence on us in the present.
Be mindful of those you associate with most. There are numerous cliche sayings such as, "You are the sum of the five people you spend the most time with." Words such as these are often repeated because they are true. The other thing we have power over is what we allow into our mind: what we read, television, music, social media, etc. These things are not benign, despite assertions to the contrary.
Moving From Knowledge to Application
A year and a half ago, I completely stopped watching all news. The result of this is that I feel more peaceful, patient and have had more time to read things that contribute to my growth. I would encourage you to put what I am advocating into practice. Change your associations if you need to. Dedicate time to information and activities that challenge and grow you. The payoff will be well worth it.
"Don't spend your life drinking baby formula when you could be having filet mignon." - John Hawkins Jr.
John Hawkins Jr., M.S., L.M.H.C.
John has helped thousands of clients overcome the hidden internal blocks which had kept them from achieving their maximum potential. Furthermore, he has assisted them in gaining clarity of their true life purpose, identifying their gifts and talents, and developing lives of greater meaning and significance.