School is an odd place to begin to learn. Hey kid, see that building with 2000 people inside…yeh? Go spend 5 days a week for the next 7 years there and once you have a ticket to say you’re ‘clever’ we can see if you can qualify for the real world.
I know…I’m a bit odd…always have been…plenty of people will back me up. I didn’t get school, I hate saying that because I know how privileged I was having the choice to go and the freedom to be taught. The problem was the teaching was taught in a certain way, the same way for everyone…it was like McDonalds for schools. The more efficient it was the better it was. Its odd right…you spend 18 years at school and you didn’t sign up for it. I think we are at the start of that journey evolving as the path to purpose is made up of many roads.
It blows my mind. I left school with a loathing of learning, I was the anti-book guy and a total jock. I left knowing that those 7 years of high school was a complete waste of time. That sucks to think about it in that way but its true. I then jumped into a job after a year of travelling across Europe. I loved it. I was learning. For the first time in my life, I was living. My pulse was going nuts…I would sit there in the office of the Real Estate agency in London on the edge of my chair waiting for the next person to ring the phone or enter the shop. I would do a leap frog over the desk to beat any of my colleagues to the deal.
I didn’t know at the time that I was actually learning. I thought I was selling. It’s only now I look back 10 years on and realise why I loved it so much. It’s difficult to continue to find steep learning curves like the one I was on back then as you move through your career. There are periods where you feel completely out of your depth and other times almost overnight where you feel the water is lapping up on your toes it’s that shallow.
In the shallow times, I ensure I read at least one book a week sometimes two…I have four on the go right now but it’s a period of intense self-development. I don’t advise this for long periods. A lot like exercise, you can binge learn, binge exercise for short periods and see massive gains. As a PinkEmu you need to move forward and be on a continuous learning path. Take the lead on your learning through downloading audible and consuming as much content as possible on topics related to your passion and purpose. Go hard on this learning, make notes and write…write a lot. Enjoy the experience and talk about your new learnings with people to gain further insights and make deep connections.
I’ve been amazed at the Tribe I’ve been able to assemble through talking about the books I’ve read and the learning I’ve experienced. It’s a sort of learning compass that guides me into people who I can feel I will have a deep connection with. It’s amazing how you mention a few authors, one or two quotes and you can see the other person light up. That light shines bright. It makes me hungry to learn more and see how awesome the tribe can become…not how big…but how awesome.