Always be a learner

Monday, September 19, 2016 10:03 am
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Katie Whitsed | 98five blogger

There are so many online resources at our fingertips these days, however there is also a lot of ‘garbage’ (for lack of a better word) that needs to be sifted through, and so “switching off” from the digital world — for any period of time — I find to be so helpful. 

I’ve recently taken short break from social media.

It helps me rechannel my mind, energy, and focus to what is actually important. It helps me bring my focus back to myself and those around me, and to reconnect to my journey.

Over the last couple of weeks I’ve learnt so much. Starting a new job and moving to a new town has a lot to do with that. One thing that has really resonated for me though, is the value in learning, and that waking up each day making the choice to have the attitude of a learner, to be open and always looking for opportunities to grow, is one of the best investments you could ever make for yourself and those around you.

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I couldn’t feel more passionate about this topic, especially having had so many personal experiences of late. The last two years have just been constant change for me. There have been countless occasions where I’ve needed to make a choice to step out and into something new, but I’ve also had an equal amount of occasions where I could have chosen to stay with what I know.

I can tell you now, that I have not once ever regretted making the choice to learn something new, even if that choice did make me feel uncomfortable or uneasy. In fact, especially when that choice made me feel uncomfortable or uneasy.

I think that being a learner encompasses several parts.

Firstly, it’s about mindset. Being a learner means being open to what you are experiencing around you; having an open mind when taking in information from other people and environments. Whether or not you agree or disagree is irrelevant, your initial response should be the same.

Take on board the information, process it, and then decide what to do with that new experience or new piece of information.

An open mindset is so important in order to learn.

Secondly, it’s about proactive choice. Having the mindset of a learner is the first essential step, but equally essential is being proactive when learning opportunities come your way (and trust me, no matter where you are, they are always there).

It’s about seeing the opportunity through an open mindset, and then making the choice to say ‘yes, I’m going to take hold of this opportunity and use it for all it’s worth! I’m going to move, I’m going to do something with it’.

Whether it be in your personal or professional life, have a go at putting your hand up to do things that maybe you’re not so good at, or not so familiar with.

As it’s said, if you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always stay where you’ve always been.

The other big part about being a learner is to ask questions. And many of them!

“Judge a man not by his answers, but by his questions,” ~Voltaire

The questions you ask are going to teach you so much more about yourself, people around you, and the world.

Questions will help you to move. Ask them, even the silly ones, because truth is the only silly question is a question never asked.

Make that choice and step forward with the attitude of a learner, and you cannot fail.

You will always learn something, which to me is a no brainer.

As uncomfortable it is for me at times, I always try to surround myself with people who really challenge me, and grow me. That way I always know I’m moving forward in the direction that’s going to ensure things don’t get ‘stagnant’, and that I’m working towards the best version of myself.

“I’ve learned that success comes in a very prickly package. Whether you choose to accept it or not is up to you. It’s what you choose to do with it, the people you choose to surround yourself with. Always choose people that are better than you. Always choose people that challenge you and are smarter than you. Always be the student. Once you find yourself to be the teacher, you’ve lost it.” ~Sandra Bullock

And that couldn’t be more true. I define success as my daily experience of joy, and for me to really reach my potential, I know that I need to be an open-minded learner, who makes an active choice to step out with every opportunity that presents itself, and who asks questions.

No opportunity is too small to learn.

Essentially, I have a true belief in the fact that we hold the key to our own growth, and it comes in a funny looking package called choice.

If you prioritise staying open to learning, new experiences and growth, no matter what angle they may come from, just watch your potential exponentially skyrocket.

Keep searching, keep learning. The process will never leave you empty handed.

A pocket full of awkward, uncomfortable, and even painful experiences still equals growth. Which is exactly what we are here to do.

If you are not willing to learn, no one can help you.

If you are willing to learn, no one can stop you.

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Katie believes in dreaming fearlessly and has a deep passion for seeing other people experience joy and stepping into living their best lives. Her love of writing and self-expression inspired her to create a blog as an avenue for sharing her journey in choosing joy. The kind of joy that makes you smile for no reason at all, the kind you don’t have words for — Joy unspeakable. | Follow Katie on Facebook | Instagram


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