I have always had a passion for learning. I guess that may be why my first career out of college was as a science teacher. Learning how the world worked was a place to explore with endless possibilities.
For me, learning for the sake of learning only took me so far. Over the years, I began to notice how attracted I had become to the actual practical application of this learning.
In the midst of COVID, I have had a lot of time to read and explore what I like to call The Wisdom of the Ages, along with many new books and resources from today’s great writers, thinkers, and leaders.
A common practice in many current books is the use of provocative quotes and engaging stories. They often include many references and expansive indexes that bolster their current insights and messages.
Perhaps there is very little truly unique and original thinking these days. Maybe what the best and brightest of us do is simply put old wine into new bottles.
Where and how can you, too, use the knowledge and wisdom you have acquired over the years to navigate your current challenges and opportunities?
—Aristophanes, classic Athenian poet and playwright
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Picture a crab scurrying across a beach, searching for food or a mate, or avoiding a predator.
With claws and legs of different sizes and functions, getting to their destination in a straight line is not the point for this creature—being a successful crustacean living from one day to the next is.
Perhaps our changing world has altered our own way of getting around. Many direct routes to our objectives are not open or have significant detours, causing us to adapt and adjust our course.
What can we learn from the crab? Perhaps if we took more lefts, rights, and zig-zags, would we not only survive, but thrive as we headed into the future?
Where in your personal or professional world is taking the straight path not working?
Where might a less direct path lead you to where you wish to be?
“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”
—Dr. Seuss, pen name of Theodor Seuss Geisel
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I am a big fan of Dr. Seuss. I love the idea of imparting wisdom through his unique and colorful characters and stories. Today’s quote is from I Can Read With My Eyes Shut. A few more of my favorite Suess-ful nuggets of wisdom are:
“Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.”
“You have brains in your head, you have feet in your shoes, you can steer yourself any direction you choose.”
“Today was good, today was fun, tomorrow will be another one.”
Unrelenting pain and deep sadness cannot fully express this dark period in human history.
This museum and the tragic story and inhumanity it conveys cannot be unlived. It is a brilliant and courageous reminder for all mankind of the importance of a “never again” stance against some global behaviors.
What are some of the big and small lessons that are part of your personal and professional history?
In what ways have these experiences provided you the courage to never travel these paths again?
“Nothing is work unless you’d rather be doing something else.”
—George Halas, founder of the Chicago Bears
What would you rather be doing at this very moment? Hopefully you love learning, personal growth/development feels more like play than work, and reading The Quotable Coach every morning is an enjoyable and rewarding minute of your day.
What are the areas of your life in which you expend considerable effort because those activities fill you up rather than bring you down?
When I first began coaching, I was introduced to the word “toleration” by Thomas Leonard of Coach University. Simply defined, tolerations are things that bug us, sap our energy, and could be eliminated. Although some people have a sense of pride and even feel noble about carrying many of these burdens, there can be a considerable price to pay.
Where and how can you bring more fulfillment and satisfaction into your work and life? What are some of the tolerations you can reduce or eliminate to lead a more enjoyable life?
“The chief function of the body is to carry the brain around.”
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Tomorrow is my grandson Weston’s first birthday. There are so many people in his life that want to celebrate this special day that my daughter rented a pavilion in a local park to accommodate everyone.
Watching the transformation of Weston’s body and brain this year through visits and video calls has been a delight. Rolling, crawling, cruising, and of course being carried and taken many places has revealed an exponential development of how he takes in and interacts with the world.
Where will your body take your brain today? What wonderful sights, experiences, and people will you meet to bring new lessons and growth opportunities into your life?