Listen and Learn (365 Days of Spirited Living – DAY 72)
“People grow through experience if they meet life honestly and courageously. This is how character is built.”
— Eleanor Roosevelt
One of the greatest gifts you will be given in life is the ability to cultivate mentors and advisers. Before you do this, you must be willing to listen and learn from other people. People who value their time will not take too kindly to trying to help an unteachable person. You can’t listen to everybody because there are some people who will give bad advice or seek to take advantage of you.
Seek out people who are going in the same direction as you are and ask them questions. Asking questions is not a sign of weakness. It is a sign of humility and strength. Humble people ask questions and they observe the actions, attitudes, and words of other people. Learn what to do and what not to do from every person you encounter in real life and even from people online.
Billions of people are on the internet every day, dispensing information that can be of benefit to your life. A vast amount of knowledge can be gained by reading about the experiences of others and applying lessons that they have learned in their lives to your own life. While we are all uniquely different people, we go through the same experiences. Nothing that you are experiencing now is any different from something that someone, somewhere in this world has also experienced and was honest enough to share their story with others.
One of the most irritating things about people is that many don’t listen; they can’t be taught anything. An unteachable person is bound to make many mistakes and to stay on the side of failure because he or she never takes time to ask questions, research ideas, do their homework, and listen to others. Be a teachable person. Be someone who is humble enough to realize that you do not know everything there is to know. There are people in this world who know more than you do about certain things and it would behoove you to listen to them and learn from them.
Listening to and learning from others helps you to stay motivated. Knowing that someone else has experienced what you’re going through or is striving to go where you’re going is encouraging. Everyone you talk to may not be on your side or agree with your plans for life. Don’t let that discourage you. It is okay to have an eclectic view of life and the world. Some people will agree with you while others will not, and you can still learn from both sides.
“Is there anyone so wise as to learn by the experience of others?”