On: Learning.

I have been thinking a lot on learning these days; how it is an ongoing and important aspect of life to continually search out learning in our day-to-day activities.  I believe this is the key to continued personal growth, and avoiding the plateau that a lot of people seem to find themselves on as they get older.

To quote Thom Fougere, a humble furniture designer who spoke on his quick rise to success at a Pecha Kucha Winnipeg event a few months ago:

You know you are in the right situation when you are uncertain about what you are doing.  You may fail, or you may succeed, but you will learn a lesson.  Keep looking for these situations and keep growing.

Accepting failure is hard.  Personally, I find that it goes against my perfectionist tendencies.  But it is true: better to fail and learn from it than to never have tried at all.  In fact, you can turn the whole idea of failure on its head and recognize it as a good thing.  Fear of failure is natural and not something to be overlooked, but it is also not something that should be allowed to take control your life.

When you find yourself at a point in life where you are no longer learning, I think you owe it to yourself to do something about it.  Whether it’s creatively looking for opportunities within your current situation or a more drastic uprooting, .  Life is a pretty amazing thing and I think you owe it to yourself to explore your full potential.  Learning seems to go in tandem with pushing yourself, but the responsibility of that push falls on your own shoulders.