You don’t need decades to get what you want…
…the insights years provide can change your life.
Experience teaches many lessons, but usually in a passive way. You don’t need years, but rather the insights years gradually provide. One way is to simply ask the top people what they do. Make their best practices your baseline.”
It’s profound and true. I’ve been learning from people smarter than me for years. Most things have already been figured out. Intelligence is scattered all over the internet. But it’s of no use if you can’t find it or apply it to your specific circumstances.
The quest for intellectual growth and self-improvement can help you discover valuable and practical wisdom that can become the baseline for your success.
Want your life, career, relationships and finances to improve? Be more curious and intellectually humble. If you haven’t figured out the habits, routines, behaviours, mindsets and actions you need to build a better foundation for success, get to work fast.
Learn from what the experts, high performers and high achievers have already figured out. Read their books, posts, listen to their interviews and most importantly read their biographies. It will speed up your learning. And you will spare yourself the unnecessary waste of time.
“Experience is a master teacher, even when it’s not our own,” says Gina Greenlee. If you are driven to learn from what others have already figured out, you will learn their hacks, systems, tools, habits and failures in record time.
And with that knowledge, you can do more than what average people are doing in the same amount of time. This is why books are so valuable. I read them at every opportune moment.
The amount of practical knowledge available books is insane. The real skill is knowing what to read or what to ignore. And making time to read what you find. That is what uncovers the real insight you need to succeed in almost all areas of your life. You can’t achieve much if you are not willing to take time to absorb knowledge and practice skills.
It’s easier to internalize lessons learned through personal experience but you don’t live long enough to make all the mistakes yourself and learn from them. Time is not your friend.
Experience is one of the best ways to gain knowledge but the real wisdom is knowing which problems and mistakes to avoid.
The good news is, others have already figured out what works on the same path you are on. What better way than to learn from people who made life-changing mistakes, but found a way to get back up and still make it in life.
That’s why books and podcasts are important for your ultimate progress. If you’re not reading or experimenting with what you learn, you’re not learning fast enough.
Often the best people to learn from are those who are just ahead of you in their journey. They’ve just been through what you’re going through. Use their knowledge and insight as a guide to build a better life.
Turn decades of experience to your advantage.
“Learn all you can from the mistakes of others. You won’t have time to make them all yourself,” says Alfred Sheinwold.
Relevant and recent experiences are powerful tools to get what you want. The best education comes from real-world experience. That is why it pays to value experience as a learning method. Life is too short to ignore all the free and valuable resources around you.
“Investing in yourself is the most important investment you’ll ever make in your life. . . . There’s no financial investment that’ll ever match it, because if you develop more skill, more ability, more insight, more capacity, that’s what’s going to really provide economic freedom. . . . It’s those skill sets that really make that happen,” writes Tim Ferriss, in his book, Tools of Titans: The Tactics, Routines, and Habits of Billionaires, Icons, and World-Class Performers
Balance of personal experiences with insights from high-performers can change the trajectory of your life. To improve your chances of success in any endeavor, identify what top people do and double up on their input.
Experience teaches many lessons. “Every moment is an opportunity to grow. And the more moments you string together, the faster you learn, the more you grow, and better you become at everything you do,” says Nicolas Cole.
If you want to learn a new skill, habit or want to achieve something that is slightly out of your grasp, you have to make time to read and learn from people who have figured out the best principles, ideas and tools you need to move fast and save time. And most importantly, if you let your learning lead to action, you can become wealthy.
Whatever you do, act on what you learn, combine unique experiences, connect ideas better and create your own bespoke blueprint for life.
Success, however you define it, is achievable if you collect and act on the right principles and habits. Keep learning. Take action. Make mistakes. Keep succeeding.