“Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other” –JFK
“I am still learning” –Michelangelo
“Learning is not attained by chance. It must be sought for with ardor and attended to with diligence.” –Abigail Adams (wife of President John Adams)
What quality do you think is most important to possess to become successful?
Of course the answer to this question is perspective; however from experience I can tell you that if you do not believe that a student mentality is important to succeed, you may never find success.
In order to keep moving forward you need to keep learning. Contrary to what you may think even the top tier business professionals are still learning, and the top tier of these professionals will not allow themselves to stop learning until they stop doing their job!
When you hit a point where you think you know all you need to know you are in trouble! ESPECIALLY if you have not reached the level of success you are striving for.
There may be times you think there is nothing more to learn…well that is WRONG! If you have adopted this way of thinking it is vital that you force yourself out of your comfort zone to grow and learn more about your craft. No one wants to follow a “know it all” minded individual!
So, what do you do if this has occurred? You have to dig deep! Find ways to get better at the tasks you are already good at. Seek out the knowledge from those that are at the position that you are growing towards. A good rule of thumb is that unless you are able to write a best-selling book about what it is that you are doing, you have yet to learn everything there is to know about your position.
Chances are you may be feeling stuck or stagnant, but reality is you just allowed yourself to stop learning. When you are not learning you are not growing! When you are not growing, you are not adding value to your clients!
Student mentality is a choice; choose to perfect your craft!
If you feel as though you are not going anywhere or you have hit a wall and you are not sure what to do to reach your goals…never give up…become a phenomenal student!
Remember when you learn you earn! Here are a few things you can do to continue learning and find your success:
Read a book
Set up time with your mentors and ask them questions (they may be busy but they love it, it is never a burden for them to help their team grow)
Talk to your team and collaborate…maybe they see things you may not
Shadow someone for the day
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