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| Wednesday, March 28, 2012
I want to be a better student.
I love students, don’t you? They are always full of energy and enthusiasm, and they are always learning, because they never stop asking questions.
I was speaking to a group of young people recently, and when I opened the floor for questions, every single arm in the room reached for the sky. They were insatiably curious, and I loved every minute of it. They asked about food, business, music, family, faith, service, cows and just about everything in between. I was both inspired and energized as they challenged me to think more deeply about a lot of my own “why’s” and “how’s” and who’s.”
You see, learning doesn’t stop when we’ve finished the book or passed the test. And it doesn’t end when we experience success. That’s actually when the real learning begins.
Jack Welch says that “an organization's ability to learn, and translate that learning into action, is the ultimate competitive advantage,” and I wholeheartedly agree. I think the most impactful and affective individuals and organizations are those that never stop asking questions.
I once read an article in Forbes magazine that stated, “when the rate of external change exceeds the rate of internal change, failure is imminent.” That statement has stuck with me over the years, and it continues to serve as a reminder that if I’m not learning, I’m not leading.
So, that’s why I want to be a better student. Every day.
How about you?