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How to Become a Lifelong Learner

How to Become a Lifelong Learner

How to Become a Lifelong Learner

We humans are always learning. Ever since our brains develop enough, every single experience teaches us something new. Today, in this complicated world where everything is changing all the time, learning from your own life experiences might become a little redundant.

To become lifelong learners, you don’t have to be a genius. You simply must be open to learn and grow and be willing to be proactive about your growth.

A simple shift in just living your life, to treating it like a business venture whereas you are seeking to extract maximum value from the efforts, will make all the difference in the world.

“Shift from just living your life, to treating it like a venture you expect to extract maximum value from.”

Seek a Return on Your Investment

When most people pay to go to school or attend college or even read a book, they must pay a certain price to attain that information. When they do so, they are not buying information. They are making an investment.

This distinction is very crucial because it determines the mindset which people have towards learning. When you are making an investment by taking information from a source, you must always seek to get a return on that investment.

This can be done by seeking to apply the information that you have gotten in real life situations that arise every single day. If you continue to do that, eventually you will be getting a return on the investment of your life.

Just like Reginald Ryder says in the Rant and Grow podcast: “One of the first things I would say is that you must understand that you’re not a consumer of your education, you’re actually a client of your education”

Turn Information into Long Term Knowledge

When you read something just for the sake of reading it or if you complete your homework just for the sake of completing it, you are missing out on a good opportunity.

When information enters your memory, in the short term the information can be potentially useful to you. If you do not convert the information into knowledge that you can use in the future, it is an opportunity for learning you may have lost for life.

Hence, the goal of knowledge and the goal of becoming a lifelong learner should start with cultivating the habit of converting everything important from short term information to long term knowledge.

“When we take information and commit to converting it into knowledge, we shift it from short term useful data, into long term valuable wisdom.”

Have a Daily Routine

For students who want to become lifelong learners, it is very important to stay in a routine. Putting your body and mind through a certain kind of discipline is important to focus on the truly important things out there.

It is not about making things uncomfortable for yourself. That would be detrimental to progress. Rather, it is about making it a habit to stay in the best form of your life, throughout your life. This can only be done once you make it a habit to stay disciplined and keep yourself in the routine that makes you most efficient and productive.

“Mastering your calendar and time, allows you to develop routines that enable you to retain more knowledge and improve your learning.”

These are some of the things that you can do to become a lifelong learner according to Reginald Ryder who was my guest on the Rant and Grow podcast.

When you can put yourself in a routine that makes you most effective and efficient, you can convert the information you take in the short term and commit it to long term knowledge.

This helps you get a sizable return on the investment that you are making in your ongoing education and puts you on the right track to become a lifelong learner.

Listening to this week’s Rant and Grow podcast with Reginal Ryder, will open your eyes on how to shift from gather information for the moment, to gaining knowledge for life.

Reginald Ryder is a career higher education professional, a college professor, and an author. In June 2020, Ryder wrote the book called Passing the Baton, A Guide and Memoir of College Success. He works with students as they transition from high school to 2-year and 4-year colleges and universities.

In this episode we explore how to become a learner for life and why it’s important to keep growing. Just click on the play button to listen to the podcast right here.

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How to Let Purpose and Passion Find You

How to Let Purpose and Passion Find You

How to Let Purpose and Passion Find You

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A lot of people get confused with the concepts of living your passion versus your purpose. There are those who substitute their purpose for their passion and over time, this misconception messes with their lives and their careers.

We all want to live passionately and with purpose, but it is not something we pursue, it is something that finds us instead.

This is very well illustrated in the recent episode of the Rant and Grow podcast with Lauren Krasnodembski.

Most people get through their lives doing the usual: focusing on work, on work-life balance, having kids, taking care of them, paying the bills, running the family, making a home, building wealth, planning for retirement, etc.

While doing that, many often feel a sense of unfulfillment and exhaustion from their life, like something could or should have been better. 

After some time, that realization becomes uncomfortable to live with and at some point, people start questioning what their passion is and what it is that they want to be doing with the rest of their lives.

Develop Self-Awareness

There are so many people who are not aware of their purpose in life and don’t really know what they want to do. This is mostly because they are not aware of the kind of people, they themselves are. 

Knowing yourself is the first thing that can bring you a lot closer to your passions and eventually, your purpose in life.

“I discovered that I didn’t know myself as well as I thought I knew myself…” says Lauren on her episode of the Rant & Grow podcast. Being self-aware and really diving into what feels good to you at any given moment is the key to finding what your passion is.

Self-awareness is the key to becoming the best version of yourself. It is how you discover what you are made of and for.

Become an Observer

To activate truly knowing yourself, you must become an observer of who you are. You must reflect upon your life and figure out what gets you anxious, what makes you happy, what makes you want to jump out of your skin and what calms you at night.

By noticing everything that you do and everything that makes you feel differently, you can come closer to what truly makes you fulfilled in life daily. This is important because if your passions only make you happy some of the time, they are not really your passions.

Start with the basics and turn inward. In this inward self-discovery process, you start to observe who you are, and what makes you tick. One of the best ways to do this, is to people watch yourself. Journal your behaviours, as if you were investigating someone else’s life. Be a student of your own life.

Remove the Roadblocks

There are a lot of roadblocks inside most people’s minds that stop them from achieving their true state of happiness in life. For most people, it is the fear of judgement from the community that they are a part of.

What stops them from following their passions is a simple fear that other people might not approve of their choices, wants or desires. That’s completely natural. However, to really be happy and discover what you want to do in terms of your passions, you must free yourself of all roadblocks like these.

When you have a job, you may be fulfilling your purpose without knowing it. Despite your full-time job, if you make time for things that you really enjoy during the day, you can truly be happy. 

Also, if your job enables you to pursue the things that really give you a sense of fulfilment, then it becomes strategic in fulfilling your purpose. The job itself does not need to align with your passions or purpose. It can be a means to enabling you.

“When you’re passionate about something, you are vibrationally operating at a higher level than if you were doing something you don’t really care about or that you think you should be doing, or you’re trying to please somebody else.”

This is how you can let purpose and passion find you. Become a student of what makes you vibrate at a higher frequency and in that self-awareness, replicate what you learn proactively. Think of it as step into what already vibrates well for you and repeating it.

Listening to this week’s Rant and Grow podcast with Lauren Krasnodembski. It will make you want to look within yourself and find out what makes you happy and leave you feeling calm and satisfied.

In my recent Rant & Grow podcast, I have Lauren Krasnodembski as a guest. Lauren is the creator of the Mind Muscle Motivator, and the author of Reclaim Your Power, which is a personal memoir that takes you through a self-discovery journey demonstrating how you can allow your passion to discover YOU!

In this episode we explore why you should not pursue purpose or passion, and instead let both find you. Just click on the play button to listen to the podcast right here.

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How to Develop and Maintain a Positive Attitude

How to Develop and Maintain a Positive Attitude

How to Develop and Maintain a Positive Attitude

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We read despairing worldwide headlines on an almost hourly basis. We’ve heard of livelihoods and lives being lost and being stuck at home for over a year. There is a general dread of the most horrifying virus that through mutations may never come to an end.

It is reasonable to assume that our physical, emotional, and mental health has taken a massive toll recently. Given this context, the idea of ‘positive thinking’ is hard to sustain.

On the recent Rant and Grow podcast, I discussed the importance of having a positive attitude even in times of severe crises with Ryan Lowe, on the 10th anniversary of his book “Get Off Your Attitude”.

Ryan shared his mantra for staying positive even in disappointing times.

“Anytime I thought negative, acted negative or spoke negatively I said to myself ‘Ryan just get off your attitude. Keep moving forward. It became my slogan and it went on to become my message. ~ Ryan Lowe

It’s All about the Mindset

We play multiple roles in our lifetime. We are all bound to feel overwhelmed at times. The fear, bitterness, and stress of these roles can get a hold of us in the most destructive ways.

However, the influence of a positive outlook towards life can never go in vain at any given point. We all have in ourselves the ability to rise above our troubles and turn pain into power.

“Either we become a victim or become the victor, this is the truth no matter what our circumstances are.”

When we face losses and disappointments, we become negative and pessimistic, frustrated, anxious, and angry at the world and ourselves. It’s easy to lose hope on days when everything in our surroundings is quite literally in shambles.

It is essential to have a resilient mindset in such situations. Accepting that it will be intense and to realize that it will be a battle. It’s dread, tension, and pressure we can’t flee from. What is in our control is to acknowledge this and figure out how to react in the most pragmatic way.

That’s the thing. You must sit down for a moment and just really have faith that you can go through whatever life throws at you. You must develop a very strong mind to do so.

It doesn’t matter what we think, or we feel about a person or thing, it comes down to being helpful. It comes down to being focused and devoted and mindful about the decisions that we take and the daily routine that we are attempting to experience.

There are pay checks associated with the mindset we maintain. Having a victim mindset doesn’t do any good to either an individual or those who are dependent on them. Those with victim consciousness constantly blame others and aren’t willing to take up the responsibility of bettering their lives. Blaming is a cowardly way to dismiss being accountable to our own feelings and mastering our ego.

Stop Being A Victim

When an entire population gets affected by victim mindset thinking, circumstances are bad, there’s nothing we can do to change it and we fall prey to all its negativity. We’ve lived in this kind of reality since the pandemic began.

Ryan considers it to be extremely lucky that he had the motivation to get up and dare to write about his experiences and help millions of others like him. From a professional standpoint, he suggests everyone take steps slowly but surely.

“One day, at a time, we can accomplish any goal we set for ourselves. Tell yourself, ‘today, I will do one small task that will contribute toward the achievement of a life goal’. I will share that with everyone because we want to get out of that victim mindset.” ~ Ryan Lowe

It becomes imperative to escape the victim mentality. Even though it will require some investment and take time. When we find ourselves achieving something positive every day, our thought process and attitude change for the good. Our words reflect the positivity of our mind and we find ourselves hauling out of that victim attitude.

“We’re like computers who have stored a lot of junk over the years”, says Ryan. People may have faulty wiring in their beliefs that don’t allow them to consciously move towards a more positive mindset. Most of the faulty wiring is related to self-deprecating talk.

The way we talk about ourselves and to ourselves plays a role more important than what most people give it credit for. Negative self-talk stems from what you consider ‘failed’ attempts at something in your life, be it a familial or work problem.

“We have somehow programmed ourselves over the years to tell ourselves that we can’t go do something and therefore we act fully demotivated.”

What’s ironically worse is that this practice of self-deprecation has become so normalized. From our childhood, we think it’s normal for us to say that we can’t do something. What is considered humility by most is one of the biggest barriers that keep people from having a positive, hopeful, and constructive outlook towards life.

“Positive self-talk can change your mindset, change your direction, change your way of life. You start thinking about goals, instead of obstacles.”

Anytime we face a challenge or a setback or something like that, we get to figure out how we need to grow. The challenges that we face in life must be looked at through the lens of a learning experience and dealt with optimistically.

“When we shift our attitude by focusing on solutions rather than problems, real change starts to manifest itself in us and society.”

In my recent Rant & Grow podcast, I spend some time has Ryan Lowe as a guest. Ryan is a professional motivational keynote speaker, corporate trainer, executive coach, and the author of the book “Get off Your Attitude.” Fun fact, Ryan was featured in the movie, “The Big Short.” In this episode we explored how to develop and maintain a positive attitude.

Just click on the play button to listen to the podcast right here.

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How to Get Real about Your Potential

How to Get Real about Your Potential

How to Get Real about Your Potential

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Getting real with yourself and the kind of person you are takes a lot of courage and determination.

It is not always easy to muster up the courage and the boldness to confront the reality about yourself. 

“Getting real takes a lot of guts and the ability to be powerfully vulnerable.”

When people do realize who they are and accept themselves in that way, they give themselves time and energy to realize their own potential to change their own life and by extension, change the world.

In my recent Rant & Grow podcast with Wayne Sutton, who is a coaches’ coach we took a look at how you can increase the chances of success in your life by getting real about your potential.

“It’s exponential what we can accomplish when we recognize that we can change our own life and help somebody else change theirs.”

How to Get Real with Yourself

When people realize what is going wrong with their lives and how they need to do something to change it completely, there is some sort of a bias or heuristic that they are confronted with.

It is a tiny voice in their head that says that you have always been this way and that you will never be able to change. That tiny voice your enemy.

When you realize what you have to change, you have to make sure that it is not your own mind and your own rationale that is holding you back.

When you listen to your own biases and just resign to your own narrative fate and let things take their course, you are giving yourself the idea that you are unable and unwilling to change in the first place.

“Free yourself from your own biases, they are what hold you back from growing, not other people.”

This is the kind of self-talk that is a manifestation of your ego running amuck: “Can I really go out there and do this? I don’t do well in this area.” This self-talk is a red flag warning code word for “I’m lazy and I don’t really want to do what it takes.”

Question Everything

From the moment you are born you are told and coached by other people in your life.

Other people tell you what to believe, what you have to do, what your limitations and faults are, what you are good at, what you should be good at and what you should aim to be in life.

“As an individual you need to realize who you want to believe and what you want to believe.”

You have to let your own thoughts and own rationale guide your life. That is when you start to take decisions by yourself and think on your own about what is right and what is not.

Wayne said in the Rant and Grow podcast “You have to question everything about your identity. Why you believe what you believe, and what really matters to you not Society.”

Admit Your Wrongs

Thinking for yourself can be dangerous if you aren’t paying attention to your ego. Ego is the enemy in most people’s lives. When you think that you are always right and that nothing you do is incorrect or wrong, you close yourself to growth and opportunity to learn.

It is only by accepting with humility your ability to be wrong that you can start to open up to the large world both outside and inside you and expose yourself to real growth.

When you realize that not everything you know is true and that it is not healthy for you to think that way, you get real about your potential to become a better person.

“It is recognized that you can be a great coach and still need a coach. You can be a great dad and still need lessons on how to be a dad. You can be a great whatever and still learn.” ~ Wayne Sutton

This is how you can give yourself the benefit of the doubt and start to realize your true potential in life. When you open yourself up to growing you really become ready to change, you finally realize who you are and what you are capable of.

It doesn’t matter what anyone says at that point because you have become independent of their thoughts.

In my recent Rant & Grow podcast, I spend some time with Wayne Sutton as a guest. Wayne is known as the Coach of Coaches! It took Wayne a while to find success. Seemingly stuck in jobs that were draining his soul, Wayne made a bold decision, and set out to create a better life for him and his family, and he is sharing how to do it with others. In this episode we explore how to be real about achieving your fullest potential.

Just click on the play button to listen to the podcast right here.

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How to Be Successful without Sacrifice

How to Be Successful without Sacrifice

How to Be Successful without Sacrifice

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No pain no gain. We’ve all heard this saying and we’ve been sold on the idea that it is true.

Is it really true that you cannot achieve success without sacrifice?

This is something that most people go through in their lives without ever finding any answers on how to make success easier, and less painful.

Why? Because the narrative of self-sacrifice is pervasive in our society. The truth is that you can be successful without compromising your quality of life. A lot of people around the world struggle with this. 

Most people think that they have to give up something or make sacrifices in order to achieve success. There are a lot of people who ardently believe that and in turn, give up very important parts of their life for something that they think they want.

Are you one of those people? I most certainly was for many years, until I discovered otherwise. Here is how you can make sure that you enjoy all the most important parts of your life without having to ever give up on something that means a lot to you.

Let’s review some of the ways to be successful without having to sacrifice important aspects of your life

Gratification Does Not Require Validation

When you have an idea of what success is for yourself across all aspects of your life, you need to make sure that the idea you have is one best suited to you, not based on what someone else described is “the ideal successful life”.

“The idea of what success is, should naturally suit your needs and aspirations and not the needs and aspirations of your friends, family or society.”

Personal gratification that comes from success is greatly important. In fact, it is the only thing that you should look for.

My recent guest on the Rant & Grow podcast, Terry McDougall, a mom, an executive, a career coach and author of the book, “Winning the Game of Work: Career Happiness and Success on Your Own Terms.” remarked during our conversation:

“High achieving people are often addicted to external validation.”

Chasing validation is like chasing the wind, you’ll never catch it. You can feel it, you can hear it, you can see the effects of it, but you cannot hold on to it.

Set Boundaries

When you set personal and professional boundaries with your friends, family and colleagues, you make sure that you put yourself and your success first and everything else later.

This might sound selfish but it’s actually the only way you can truly care about others. You can’t give to your friends or family anything you don’t possess yourself. Taking care of you first is like putting on the oxygen mask on an airplane that lost cabin pressure first, before helping others.

As an example, you can make it a rule to not work over the weekends or not reply to work emails over the weekend and just have that time to yourself, dedicated to whatever you want.

“You don’t have to keep striving for the brass ring, in order to experience success.”

Make Biases Work for You

There are a lot of internal subconscious thoughts and conflicts inside us that do not let us achieve our fullest potential. Much more than the judgement of society or the people around you, the tiny negative self-loathing inner voice inside your head is responsible for most of the failures you have gone through in your life.

When you find a way to recognize the presence of the negative inner voice, make sure to not listen to it. Mastering this simple, yet most difficult step will empower you to work towards and achieve your goals to your fullest potential.

Shutting up that self-judging inner voice and preventing it from popping up whenever you’re trying to take time for yourself for example, will give you the strength to keep going ahead and achieve success without having to sacrifice anything.

We all live a life of three stories. We have the aspirational truth of what we aspire to be and who we sell ourselves to be to the public. Then there’s the lies we tell ourselves based on the masks we have to wear to hide the traumas we haven’t healed yet. Finally there is the truth of who we really are in the present.

“Living in your truth is the most liberating experience you will ever have. That kind of freedom is the ultimate success of life.”

Give Yourself Credit

Remember the little child who wanted to achieve everything in life, who didn’t know limitations or the concept of sacrifice? 

Give yourself credit for how far you’ve come since you were that child. You must give yourself credit for going through what you have gone through and still achieving what you already have.

After you acknowledge how much you’ve achieved and/or overcome, reawaken that inner child’s ability to dream and wonder. 

Start to see the world through the playful eyes of a child who knows nothing about sacrifice.

“Embrace your inner child and start to love it’s curious ability to pursue joy without the concept of sacrifice.”

It takes strength to validate yourself. Once you start doing that, there is nobody who can stop you. That’s when you will start rejecting validation from the outside world. It is then that you can truly focus on your success and make it in life without having to give up the good things.

“Have some empathy for yourself and love yourself and give yourself credit for getting you to where you are today.” ~ Terry McDougall

The key to achieving the best of yourself is self-awareness. The key to success is finding out as much as you can about yourself and spending time with yourself.

Everything is temporary, but your consciousness stays with you forever. Hence, honing that consciousness is the key to the success in every aspect of your life.

Once you get self-awareness going on for you, you won’t have to sacrifice everything that is beautiful in your life to achieve success.

In my recent Rant & Grow podcast, I spend some time with Terry Boyle McDougall. Terry was a long-time corporate marketing executive where she led teams, developed strategies and advised senior leaders to drive business results. She is the author of Winning the Game of Work: Career Happiness and Success on Your Own Terms. We explored how to be successful without sacrificing the quality of your life.

Just click on the play button to listen to the podcast right here.

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