To lead well in life is to be willing to learn. It is to acknowledge that we don’t know everything, that we are not always right and that every day there are opportunities for learning.
After all, we spend most of our life faced with multiple challenges and situations, things that demand our attention and ability to make decisions. To do this and lead ourselves well through them involves a continuous willingness to learn.
Learn from our mistakes. Don’t just give up. Instead ask yourself what can I learn from this experience?
Learn from other people. Older and younger. Glean wisdom from all sorts of people.
Learn deliberately through reading books or listening to podcasts. On all sorts of things but especially in those areas we need some extra wisdom.
Learn that failure doesn’t have to be fatal. It is a natural part of the journey. We have to learn how to fail forward.
Learn that just because it’s tough doesn’t mean it’s wrong. Just because it’s easier doesn’t make it right either. Not everything in life will go the way we want it to or expect it to.
Learn to trust God in everything. Often the toughest one of them all but for those of us with faith in God, probably the most important.
Learn in all aspects of life but especially in regard to handling money, dealing with people, your own emotional intelligence and how to make difficult decisions.
How well we learn will have an impact on how we can lead well in life. If we struggle to lead ourselves well, then our ability to lead others is going to be limited.
What learning would you add to this list?