Absolutely any skill set, ability, or attribute available to us in this world can be mastered. And in much easier fashion than you might think.
In fact, whether we know it or not, we actually execute these three steps every single day. The difference maker is how intentionally, and with what focus in mind do we use them, especially with regard to our Career Path:
Learn. Do. Teach.
- Learning is a beautiful a profound experience. The ability to introduce something you know that you don’t know into your toolbox of knowledge and wisdom is what allows us as humans to continuously grow day in and day out.
- Even more profound still, is the introduction of things we didn’t know that we didn’t know into our toolbox. These instances are commonly referred to as “blind spots” and can be used to achieve massive breakthroughs in conscious awareness on individual and social levels.
- Learning and Knowing are two very different animals. We can take all the time in the world to learn something, but until we prove our competency through practicing the information we’ve learned, we do not really know it.
- If we don’t practice what we preach, then we display a lack of congruency with regard to our character.
- Hall of Fame professional football coach Vince Lombardi once said, “Leading by example is not the best way, it is the only way.” Leading by example takes disciplined action on behalf on an individual. Once you combine what you learn with your actual ability and competency in performing it, you’re ready to complete the circuit.
- The best way to learn anything is to teach it. If you’ve ever written a paper, instructed a class, or even simply told a friend about something you learned that day, you’ve been a teacher.
- It’s undeniable that any time we share, we learn at the same time. This final step will ultimately reinforce everything you’ve been absorbing and practicing.
GET THE MESSAGE?
The underlying thread throughout this whole process is communication, in one form or another. First, you absorb the information that is communicated to you, one way or another. Next, you communicate to yourself an understanding of that information by executing what you’ve learned. Finally, you communicate to others, not just this same information, but your experience of it (the effect it had on you, your learning curve, etc.).
From these points of communication, you and your team will be able to gain a better understanding of the process as a whole by having a personal reference (you) to relate everything to. A group or individual who has this level of awareness can utilize this communication to establish highly effective habits.
Such habits are the foundation for true personal and professional growth, which in turn allows you to give back and contribute to others the things you’ve learned.
BRIDGING THE GAP
This reveals to us that the end goal of this entire 3-step cycle is to share everything you learn with others, and to have them do the same, thereby helping them learn and helping you reinforce your mastery of the information.
This cycle then works to create an immeasurable ripple effect of positivity and growth, in people as individuals and also for the collective whole.
When applied to the business atmosphere, more specifically, this concept is what should be the fuel for your servant leadership. This requires you to help others for you to also advance.
If we want to have any type of a successful business or life, we must understand how critical the role that other people play in this process of our career path is.
Everyone is usually concerned with their ROI, but few take into consideration a much more important factor, ROR: Return on Relationships.
Our relationships with our staff, clients, prospects, etc. are what doing business is all about. It’s what gives your profits substance and provides you with a deeper reason to do what you do.
And effective communication is oxygen to these relationships.
In order to grow and contribute on a grand scale, you must be committed to the process of:
Mastery in your area of expertise attracts more clients. But mastery only comes as a result of a willingness to grow, hands-on execution, and being able to help others follow in your footsteps. This all occurs through discipline and repetition.
Excess repetition may seem mundane, but actually creates more knowledge depth whiling making you much faster in your execution.
“I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times.” – Bruce Lee
Repetition is the father of learning. Execution leads to provable results. And training reinforces everything you’ve done, while using how much you’ve grown in order to contribute to others.
The cycle never ends; it’s always occurring every second of every day. Thus, day by day, in every way, we are becoming better and better. This concept, matched with a powerful intention to back it is exactly how growing businesses flourish and thrive.