Why Can’t One Learn enough?
“There’s one investment that supersedes all others: Invest in yourself. Nobody can take away what you’ve got in yourself, and everybody has potential they haven’t used yet.” – Warren Buffet.
As successful executive leaders, we come across many situations every day and experience tumultuous events that define our growth. But one of the most significant derailments from our successful executive career is thinking that we know enough and have experienced enough.
Because “enough” doesn’t exist.
What we see as the end of our horizon ahead is the beginning of another journey.
The most extraordinary example of a lifelong learner is Steve Jobs. Before founding Apple, Steve Jobs attended lectures at a small computer technology company called Hewlett-Packard. He worked for companies like HP, Atari. He was closely observing these companies and then later his competitors. Steve Jobs learned from their successes and their mistakes and avoided doing the same with Apple.
A lifelong learner keeps acquiring more refined skills despite the vast magnitude of success they may attain or their educational degree.
As a leader, it’s essential to learn every day and keep our minds open to grasp more nuanced things. It keeps us updated and gives a boost to our teams.
Not being self-aware or conscious can lead to false beliefs and is ultimately an obstacle.
A learner who never ceases to learn is like a mountaineer who reaches the top of the peak and explores other mountains.
“That is what learning is. You suddenly understand something you’ve understood all your life, but in a new way.” – Doris Lessing