The moment you believe you have all the answers is the moment you should expect to be hit with a piece of humble pie.
A major detriment to any type of growth is the unwillingness to learn. If we are burying our heads in the sand whenever we are presented with new information, we are not getting the most out of our day.
There are different approaches to learning.
There is a difference between being a passive and an active learner. Both are beneficial, but one stands out as the better approach.
The passive learner
I wake up on my usual schedule. I spend time with my family, post on Twitter, and write some on my blog.
I get some law work done that I have been putting off, and I also draw up a couple of football plays.
We eat dinner as a family, do our nighttime routine, and go to bed.
This actually sounds like a wonderful day! But, let's still look at the active learner.
The active learner
I wake up already thinking about what can I learn today. I spend time with my family, paying close attention to how my son interacts with his toys and his favorite TV shows.
I engage on Twitter by reading the Tweets from people I admire and try to find something I can implement in my life.
I spend more time thinking about my writing than I spend writing, but I still write.
I work on my law cases by putting myself in my Client's shoes and figuring out what I can learn from their perspective.
I then spend some time watching videos on how I can better help my team this football season.
My son and I prepare dinner together, and I teach him how to properly slice vegetables.
During our nighttime routine, I observe how our son picks out his favorite books and how he reacts to the words and pictures.
My wife and I then spend the evening talking about all our current and future plans.
Woah, That Was A lot
So, let's unpack the difference.
As long as a person is willing to learn, you can see benefits to both types of learners. However, the active learner will get more out of their day.
Having the mindset that you want to learn daily will force you to look at life differently. You will no longer just sit in your living room while your son plays in the corner.
You will play with him and think, "Wow! Now he knows how to build Legos on his own!"
Create movie memories
Being an active learner creates more vivid memories that you can access later in life. The more present and conscious you are, the crisper these memories will be.
In other words, have you ever left your house thinking, "Did I lock the front door?" Or something else of that nature.
We get so used to going through the motions, that we mindlessly perform many tasks and never have a memory of ever performing them at all.
The Active Financial Learner
Being an active financial learner can help you take control of your financial future and achieve your long-term financial goals.
If you are at a point in your life where you think you know everything about your financial situation and there is nothing you can do to better it, take a step back.
Remember, when you think you have all the answers, you are most likely wrong.
Ask a trusted friend for a book, blog, or podcast recommendation on your specific issue, whether that is debt, bad spending habits, or investing with a low income.
Whatever your situation is, someone can relate to it and there are resources out there that will help. We just need to keep the mindset of looking for opportunities to learn daily.
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