Knowledge is your golden ticket to get back on track
I want to share with you, insights from a conversation with one of my mentees who was struggling with getting their mojo back, concerned about their financial security and thinking it was too late to pursue new options. First of all, let me get this out of the way … TIME DOES NOT DICTATE YOUR WEALTH as there are 25-year-old millionaires and 80-year old paupers that prove this point. Every day is an opportunity for a fresh start. Need also does not produce change, and while pain may produce a desire for change it never really produces the change we truly seek. Your knowledge on the other hand is the stimulus for any change you desire. Knowledge in action creates change.
So, I am asking you … do you possess a high level of knowledge, skills and ability for the future you are desiring? Do you have a strong desire to gain mastery in your field, your business or your industry? Do you have a desire to learn, do and be more?
A mentor once told me … ignorance is simply not knowing … but stupidity is worse because it indicates an attitude of not caring to know. It may be hard to grasp but there are many who underestimate the power of pursuing knowledge.
If you are currently struggling with getting your mojo back, up your game with a new direction. Your success is one problem away. Behind every problem waiting to be solved is specific wisdom and knowledge needing to be uncovered. Problem solving is best confronted when you are equipped with some level of knowledge. Not knowing opens the door to missed opportunities… opportunity to correct a situation before it is too late … opportunity to capture market share with your product … opportunity to disband a product or service that is no longer relevant … opportunity to change jobs … opportunity to try something new … opportunity for innovation … and the opportunity to leave your mark.
Wisdom is the ability to recognize an opportunity and wisdom is fueled by knowledge. There are two ways to gain wisdom … your mistakes and mentors. The easiest way to gain wisdom is to buy it (e.g. experts who have published what they know in books). It always amazes me when people are unwilling to pay $30 for a book that offers an individual’s lifetime experience in the specialty they want to master. In order to master your chosen field, you must love the area and feel a profound connection and commitment to it.
Stay connected to your growth and development. Don’t let your background, your preconceived ideas, your present difficulties, your past failures, your self-doubt or the opinions of others keep you from pursuing the wisdom needed to become your best self. Don’t limit yourself … the potential that exists within you is limitless and largely untapped.
“Everyone hold his fortune in his own hands, like a sculptor the raw material he will fashion to figure. But it’s the same with that type of artistic activity as with all others: We are merely born with the ability to do it. The skill to mold the material into what we want must be learned and attentively cultivated.” — Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Starting today commit to …
Deepen your discipline … master your moods … watch your words … restrain your actions … stick to your schedule … manage your money … maintain your health … enlist support … focus on the reward!
To your continued growth and success!