Do you love learning like I do? I mean do you really love to learn?
Then stop using the word “training” (the kiss of death to real learning and retention!). Training is for circus animals, not for you and me.
Love Learning. Remember your greatest teachers, storytellers, mentors, and coaches throughout your life. The ones who inspired your desire, ambition, and creativity.
Don’t fear what I am espousing here. I learned long ago that the “soft skills” are actually the hardest to learn and actualize within business/life. Be open-minded and fearless.
Training is about telling, mandating, forcing, manipulating. Learning is about absorption, the freedom to immerse yourself. Dive into the deep waters, head first.
Yearn for those beautiful, ethereal, provocative, evocative learning moments; remembrances of when your intellect was stimulated, when you were moved to tears of joy, to action!
Honor the gurus, advisors, thought leaders, the actors and comedians (even the consultants and facilitators!) and your closest confidantes who influenced the ways you think and act, your ways of being, what you believe to be true. Celebrate the ones who sincerely believed in you, encouraged you, understood the secrets to your success.
Recognize what you’ve learned from books, movies and films, the poetry in extraordinary people. Cherish those people who helped you discover your inner light, and achieve your dreams. Be the catalyst for a genuine learning culture within your business, nurturing the well-being of everyone around you.
There are cascading lessons to be learned from enlightened leaders who invest/reinvest in learning and development for lucrative ROI.
- Upfront learning of jobs and roles results in…
- Better understanding of performance expectations and the execution of relevant business imperatives, resulting in…
- Competitive advantages, superior organizational performance and sustained business growth.
And, don’t forget what you’ve learned from your experiences. Experiential Learning can be brutal, and yet gives you the opportunity see with fresh eyes.
You can have a lifetime relationship with learning. Embrace It.
Reaffirm your lifetime commitment to never-ending learning.
Enlightened Leaders will understand these messages of love without the need for explanation or analytics.
Believe You Me. Reflection and introspection are highly under-appreciated these days.
Sometimes we must go to the back pages of our personal/professional history to really see and understand our future. Sometimes we must re-measure our humanity (emotional intelligence, kindness, tolerance, empathy, acceptance, our goodness) by what we embrace, create, treasure, include, and give safe harbor. Sometimes we must re-examine our personal/professional constitution, and make amends.
No one can succeed without opportunities. No One. No one can sustain success without opportunities to learn and develop, not at any age. Without opportunities, success becomes an elusive possibility.
As the CEO of our brilliant career(s) we must take calculated risks. We must create our opportunities with the help of key people (along the way). These key influencers are people who sincerely accept, respect, value, and believe in us. These are the people are supportive of us, committed to developing our talents, nurturing our well-being. These are the enlightened leaders (with or without titles!) who live forever in our treasured memories.
Remember, learning and development opportunities do not 100% guarantee success. In the end, we must take ownership of our successes (and failures). On this long and winding road, you and I will always have plenty of opportunities to learn from our experiences.
Seek-out those magnificent, stunning, moving moments of learning that give you wings of passion to do the things you love!
This is my loving gift to you.
No matter who you are, or what you do, you impact someone every day. We impact people intentionally and unintentionally. How you choose to impact people is up to you.
Happy “Saint Valentine’s Day” from every one of us at Vitalia Consulting!
Marc Ortiz de Candia ~ Executive Partner and Provocateur, Vitalia Consulting | The Enlightened Leadership Leader