Life taught me that there are three ways to learn:
- The easy way
- The hard way
- The wise way
The first one – the easy way – is ephemeral. Usually, when we easily succeed on any task, we got to that point because we learned the minimum required to get there. Some will call it “The Principle of Favorability” or Beginner’s’ Luck (…it whets your appetite with the taste of success). Chances are that lessons learned this way will fade away soon.
The second way is through failure and pain. As Tony Robbins says: “When we succeed, we party. When we fail, we ponder.” But, failure does not mean a breakdown at all, it’s only a reminder that what our initial strategy didn’t work and that we need to adjust the course. So, the faster that we fail, the faster that we learn.
The third way, or what I call “the wise way”, is learning thru the life experience of other people – let’s call them “mentors”. They are humans with ten to fifteen years of experience ahead of us in anything that we want to learn about. Sometimes they’re older, sometimes they’re younger than us. Sometimes they’re in our social circle, sometimes they’re on a different continent. Sometimes they’re gone and we learn thru their legacy.
Remember, any way is the right way as long as you Keep on Learning…