Reflecting on 30 Years: Always Be Learning

Continuing on my countdown to 30 posts, today is certainly my favorite, and it should come as no surprise if you read yesterday’s post about Continuous Improvement.

At some point in the last few years, I fell in love with learning. I’m not sure how it happened or why it happened, but it did. And I like it. A lot. I wish I had this passion for learning back in high school and college, but that’s a whole other story for another time.

I’m not specific about what I like to learn. I just like to learn new things, explore new places, understand how and why things work, experience new feelings and emotions, and generally discover things that I had previously not known about. It’s what led me to eat frogs legs (almost tastes like chicken), do some crazy hiking in Boulder by myself (probably not safe), buy a yearly membership to the Museum of Natural History (love that place), learn from haters (negative feedback is the best kind), run as far as I could on the beach until my body almost fell apart (painful blisters), go skydiving (super amazing), and so many more random things.

I’m curious.

I’m curious about everything and anything. That’s why Quora is the most addicting drug on the planet for me (well documented here, here, and here). Just scroll through my Quora Activity Feed and you’ll see all the crazy things I’m interested in.

"Continuous Improvement" and Always Be Learning" go hand in hand. I’m not sure I want to learn everything in the history of the universe, but I’m not yet sure that I don’t.

Once you truly fall in love with learning, you tend to look at everything as a learning opportunity — success, failure, rejection, mistakes, luck, everything. You tend to have a much more positive outlook on life when you approach every problem and obstacle as a learning opportunity.

As illustrated in one of my favorite movies — “See good in bad” Free Lunch: