Ignorance rocks… sometimes.
The older I get, the more I realize how much more I can learn.
(I’ll talk about why this is important later in this post)
While playing professional football, however, I thought I was the smartest (and toughest) person in the world.
Boy was I wrong.
It couldn’t have been farther from the truth but I guess there is something about being young, and padding it up everyday to take on some of the meanest athletes in the world that makes you think you know it all.
It wasn’t until I got injured and retired from the game when I realized I didn’t know much about anything.
The Power of Education
To be honest, I’m not a big fan of our current education system in schools.
I had a great time at my high school and while in college, but it was more about the friends I made, the sports I played, the girls I chased, and the overall personal experiences… not as much on the classroom experience.
I don’t want to get into debate about our education system but if you want to then check out what friend Michael Ellsberg has to say about it in his book The Education of Millionaires.
Check out this video see what type of eduction I’m talking about (the powerful kind).
The education that makes the most sense to me is when you continue to educate yourself on your craft (for me it’s business, speaking, marketing, building relationships, etc) and on personal development.
It doesn’t matter how good you are at something because you can always improve and take your game to another level.
The greatest athletes in the world continue to practice harder, longer, and more deliberately than their competitors.
This is what makes them great.
I’m a huge fan of having a coach.
I spent countless hours bugging these wise individuals, asking them questions, challenging their thoughts, and offering value in any way I possible could.
I can’t thank them enough for putting up with me
I also had many mentors that I followed online.
Some I’ve become great friends with as I’d email or call from time to time for advice, while others I would simple learn by following their example. (shout out to Gary, Chris, Carrie, Seth, Tim and others who have been so helpful in many ways)
Just as the best athletes practice harder than everyone else, they also seek top coaches to take their game to the next level.
I was pretty ignorant about business a few years back, and it’s mostly due to having zero experience in the business world.
Finding a coach and mentor allowed me to learn quicker than I could alone.
Watch this video to learn more about the power of coaching for your business.
What do you think?
Do you continue to attend workshops, conferences, and training sessions to improve your skills?
Do you have a mentor or a coach that guides you in the direction to achieve your goals?
Or are you just going about your days wondering why you aren’t seeing the results you desire?
Would love to hear your thoughts below.