Tag: learning

“What Are You Sowing?”

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What are you planting? What are you doing to change your life? What are you doing to get yourself from where you are to where you want to be?

If you want to do anything, now is the right time. If you want to study, learn something, improve your skills, now is the time. Remember, according to Leo Buscaglia, “Change is the true result of all through learning.

If you want to grow, learn something new. If you don’t like what you are getting, then learn something new. The more you learn, the more you will know. And the more questions you will ask. Anthony de Mello said, “When we don’t accept or follow, but question, investigate, penetrate, there is an insight out of which comes creativity, joy.” Do not just follow the crowd.

Ask the right questions. Know what you want. Know where you are going. And most importantly, know what you do not want.

“If our life here is anything, it is a preparation for the life to come.”- Robert Collier

Whether you like it or not, everything you do in your life is a seed.

Resentment is a seed. Fear is a seed. Love is a seed. Courage is a seed. Happiness is a seed. Hate is a seed. Work is a seed. Exercise is a seed. Learning is a seed. Envy is a seed. Thought is a seed. Laziness is a seed. Focus is a seed. Patience is a seed. Positive attitude is a seed. Money is a seed. Like it or not, everything is a seed.

So if you want to achieve greatness in your life, you must plant the right seeds. If you want more money, then sow the seeds of work. Robert Collier said, “We are all sowers, and the seeds we sow in good ground are seeds of success, of riches and happiness. Every word we speak, everything we do, is a seed.

Before you do anything, make sure you know what you are getting yourself into. “Pick your soil” wisely.

Further Reading:

Collier, R., The Life Magnet: Put Your Mind At Your Command- And Win At Life! (New York: Penguin Group, 2010): 242-244, 374-375.

This Is What Happens When You Stop Talking

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Stop talking. It is listening time. It is time to let go of what you know. It is time to learn from other people. It is time to respect other people. Why is that? Because listening to others is a sign of respect.

When you listen to others, here are some of the things you are saying to them: I hear you. I love you. You are a human being. I respect you. Your problem is my problem. We are in this together. We will get through it together. I want to learn from you. You know what I do not know. You have something important to say. I value you. We can work together. You are the boss, not me. I want to hear your struggles. I want to learn from your successes. I want you to be free to express yourself. I don’t want you to hold anything back. I want you to help me become a better learner, a better listener, a better leader.

If you want to become a better person, you must first learn how to listen.

We learn more when we listen. We miss more when we talk.

According to Amy Cuddy, “When you stop talking, stop preaching, and listen, here’s what happens: People can trust you. … if you do not have people’s trust, you will find it very hard to influence them in a deep and lasting way. You acquire useful information, which makes it more easier to solve any problem you face. You begin to see other people as individuals- and maybe even allies. You no longer see other people as stereotypes. You develop solutions that other people are willing to accept and even adopt. When people contribute to the solutions- when they are co-owners of them- they are more likely to commit to and follow through with them. When people feel heard, they are more willing to listen. … If people don’t feel that you ‘get’ them, they are not inclined to invest their time and energy in activities- such as listening- that will help them to understand you.”

Just listen. Stop preaching. If you want others to hear you, you must first hear them.

Further Reading:

Cuddy, A., Presence: Bringing your BOLDEST SELF to your BIGGEST CHALLENGES (New York: Hachette Book Group, 2015): 78-81.