Key to Success Isn't Luck or Smarts - It's Learning, Constantly

Over and over again, we see those who have an insatiable desire to learn every day are those who reach their potential, succeed, and prove an example to others.

We often think of those we encounter in life or business who are successful as the “brightest man or woman in the room.” In reality, those who succeed at the highest levels, those I’ve encountered and respect in every profession and walk of life, aren’t necessarily the smartest people in the room. Instead, they carry a desire to learn what they don’t know every day they’re living.

While so many scurry and hurry to reach the top, and attain a higher level of success, it’s those who plod along methodically, learning what they can each day, who truly excel. For those people, becoming wiser isn’t winning the race now. It’s a methodical approach to knowing what you don’t know and setting a course to learn slowly and without limit.

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Each day you wake up with the opportunity to get better, to get wiser, and to get focused on what you don’t know. For most, the battle is proving and showing what they do know. Yet those who truly forge their own path know it’s the opposite. It takes a mature leader or professional to admit what they don’t know freely and set a course to change it by learning. Intelligence is exhibited not by what we know, but by what we don’t know.

While that seems counterintuitive, think about it. To constantly improve, gain more knowledge, and become a better person/professional is exactly what we should be striving for. If you’re not growing your knowledge, then you’re already outmoded.

By inching along, and gaining this knowledge, when the day comes where you have to show it or use it quickly, you’ll be prepared. The discipline to waking each day and committing to learning and absorbing is what, ultimately, will get you where you want to be.

Commit to learning and becoming wiser. We live in an age where information and knowledge are more accessible than at any time in human history.

The question is: will you take advantage of it?