You can learn something amazing today if you want to.
That is what you should actually do.
Ask me why and how?
You need to grow in knowledge and opportunities for this to happen abound.
Did I tell you I had returned to the classroom?
If I didn’t, I do so now. Age is no handicap to me. Sure, it is a setback, but I won’t let it stop me.
I definitely cannot compete with the younger, sharper minds in my class; but I stay much longer after class, while they relax, or kill time, to catch up.
There is an adage in my village which says there are many ways of catching a rat without first cutting it’s tail. Do you know what this means? That there are different ways of getting to the other side of the mountain.
In my class today, I learned something amazing.
It was simple, but transformative, indeed.
After this class, I don’t foresee life being the same for me.
I am convinced we can all do amazing things if only we have someone to teach us the skills we need; and if we have the interest, humility and patience to learn.
Wisdom demands that we take time to learn how to do what we want to do if we want to excel in it.
It is not by magic that excellence is attained. Far from it.
It is by learning how to do what we want to do and working hard to do it that we become excellent in it.
I don’t think it is wrong to say learning is the key to success. It’s an axiom.
It may not be the only key, but it is an important one; an indispensable one, indeed.
Once you learn and know how to do something, you are in a better position to do it, and do it faster, with more confidence and better; because you are sure of yourself.
When it comes to learning, you may either do it on your own or you learn from a teacher.
I enjoy self tuition. Much of our knowledge is acquired through self tuition. But although it is good, my experience is that it is still better when a teacher or coach teaches you. This makes you grow better in confidence and performance.
I do not spare any opportunity to learn and acquire new knowledge and new skills from a teacher.
And we must take note that, as many great minds have articulated so aptly, everybody we meet can teach us something. The personality who comes most to my mind each time these words jump to my eyes is Mahatma Gandhi, the universally revered non violent resistance Indian leader.
The world is advancing terrifically; and technology is growing at neck breaking speed. You have to be smart and fast to keep pace; otherwise you are tossed ashore by the roaring waves of the ocean of knowledge afloat.
Sadly, many of us are actually swept off our feet because we cannot cope. That is where courage, willpower and determination come aboard.
What is the long and short of what I have been saying? What am I driving at? That we should never stop learning. That is the bottom line of my discourse.
Learning is a life long process. And teaching even goes beyond life. Your life should continue to teach beyond your human existence.
The teacher in you should outlive you. This means, let your life be a series of lessons that will continue to nourish hearts and minds beyond your earthly existence.