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Dare to Dream Then Do It by John Maxwell Chapter 8


Never Stop Learning.  “They know enough who know how to learn”–Henry Adams.  No matter what age or where you are in life you need to continue to learn.  I am not saying that you need to go to back to school, but it is EXTREMELY important to keep our minds active and learning.  That is the reason that I started this book club.  I know for myself that unless I have people that are counting on me, that I am not a reader.  I know that in order to grow as a person and as a leader, to continuing stretching myself personally,  I NEED TO READ.  And guess what, You do as well.  You must continually push yourself to learn new things and try new ways of doing things in order to grow as a person.

I use to think that I was open to learning new ideas and doing things differently until I became a nurse.  Once I learned how to do our charting and figured out Epic (the system we use)  I REALLY don’t want to learn a different system or way of charting.  This is WRONG on my part because then I become stuck in the same place.  This ties into yesterday’s topic of moving out of the comfort zone.  By me not wanting to LEARN a new approach or new system I may remain stuck in a rut and be missing out on an even easier way of charting or doing things.  Dear Lord, think about the telephone and all of the different changes that device has made through the years.  What if we never tried something different because we were use to the way the phone operated.  I mean, I am sure the nosey old operators that would put your call through to the other person while being able to listen in on the whole conversation, did not want change to come about.  But now today we all have HAND HELD phones with COMPUTERS in them.  So I must remind myself often that I need to push myself out of my comfort zone and CONTINUE to LEARN and expand my horizons.   Does that make sense?  By staying where we are at, not continuing to learn, we are actually putting our own limitations on our growth and ability to be successful in life. “Learning and innovation go hand in hand.  The arrogance of success is to think that what you did yesterday will be sufficient for tomorrow”–William Pollard.

Lord Chesterfield states that there are there classes of people in the world.  The first learn from their own experience–these are the WISE;  the second learn from the experience of others–these are the Happy;  the third neither learn from their own experience nor the experience of others–these are the Fools.”

It is amazing the self worth that you gain through learning.  Each time that I learn how to do something new, or learn a new skill I feel so PROUD of myself.  It is a sense of accomplishment and then I always think, “I just grew up a little more today.”  I gain a little more independence.  I know that may seem a little weird but it is true.  We as leaders need to look at those in our downline and see what we can do to help each individual by facilitating opportunities for learning and personal growth.   “To improve an organization, you have to improve the individuals in the organization.”

Here are a couple of quotes that I really like from this chapter:  “Learning is defined as a change in behavior.  You haven’t learned a thing until you can take action and use it”–Don Shula and Ken Blanchard.  “The man who has ceased to learn ought not to be allowed to wander around loose in these dangerous days”–M. M. Coady.

I challenge you to keep learning.  I of course would love for you to continue following me as I do different book reviews on here.  The books I am going to be choosing are going to be about leadership and personal growth and any suggestions that you may have, I am open to considering.   I encourage you to take a class to learn new skills that YOU are INTERESTED in learning. Maybe it is a cooking class, knitting or sewing, welding, auto repair, whatever it may be start looking into what it will take in order for you to get registered and signed up.  Keep pressing on and keep expanding your mind.

Homework:  I am considering John Maxwell’s 15 Invaluable Law’s of Growth, for our next book but I would love to hear other suggestions for our next book to go over.  Post your thoughts in the comments section.  Have a great day!


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