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#65. First Time, Every Time

If you have been keeping up with my posts, you know that I have been in a week-long jury trial skills course. Each day has consisted of roughly a 9 to 6 schedule.

It has been somewhat exhausting, but I am better off for going through it. Many of the skills and techniques I have been taught before, however, I knew this would be the case prior to coming.

So, I tasked myself to have the following philosophy: "First time, every time"

First Time, Every Time

I heard this originally from former NFL quarterback, Kurt Warner. Here is an example of what it means.

You may know everything about one aspect of your job, such as classroom management as a teacher. So, when you go to a course aimed to help with classroom management, you have one of two choices.

One, go in thinking you know everything and only write down the random note here and there.

Or two, go in acting like it's your first time hearing about it, and try to listen to every word as if it's new information.

I went with the second option this week.

Continuously Learning

No matter how much you think you know about a subject, whether it's investing or something else you are passionate about, it doesn't mean you should ignore new information about the topic.

As I have written about in a previous post, highly successful people are continuously learning. They realize things are always changing, so they are constantly open to new information.

Going back to the classroom management example. If you used the "First Time, Every Time" approach, at worst you would come out of the class being more confident in your skills and hopefully picking up at least one useful tip.

Therefore, in summary, I will say this. If someone you trust is giving you advice on something you think you already know, listen like it's the first time you've heard it. And guess what - you may be surprised at what you learn.

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