I was just reflecting on how fortunate I have been in the last couple of weeks, in terms of my educational opportunities.
As a result of a simple decision on my part to make an absolute commitment to my continuing programme of personal development, I have been blessed to hear, and I hope, absorb wisdom from some of the brightest leaders and coaches in the world.
In the last month alone, I have attended webinars from motivational leader Christopher Howard and life coaching instructor Joe Pane; I’ve attended seminars with the inspirational millionaire-maker Loral Langemeier, marketing guru Mal Emery and world champion cyclist (despite suffering frequent epileptic seizures), Marion Clignet; I’ve listened to recorded seminars from inspirational coaches and industry rockstars, Jeff Slayter and Kane Minkus, the pulls-no-punches Joel Bauer, plus the public speaking and coaching expert, Dan Kennedy.
I’ve walked around the local lake while listening on my CD player to master salesman, Allan Pease and neuro-associated-conditioning coach, Tony Robbins.
“Not all readers are leaders, but all leaders are readers.”
President Harry S. Truman
My biggest commitment though has been to voracious reading – having just finished Robert Cialdini’s book on influential marketing and behaviour conditioning, I’m now reading Anthony Robbins‘ book on psychology, behaviour and the effects of allowing limiting beliefs to hinder your progress.
If I were to glance back at the last six months, the list of people whose life work has influenced me in some way would fill this page and would read like an international ‘who’s who’ – people like Wayne Dyer, Jim Rohn, Richard Branson, Nick Leforce, George Faddoul, Matt James, Ken Blanchard, Michael Gerber, Tim Ferris etc etc.
The reason I’m writing this is not to try to impress anyone with how smart I’m becoming – it’s to emphasise the point that education doesn’t have to stop at school.
The average Australian reads only one book per year after leaving school, and in most cases that would be a fictional novel or some work-related document, yet there are book stores and libraries all around us that are bulging with information on how you can improve your life or your business.
But wait, there’s more… we have a new invention, an information resource called the internet.
Years ago I attended a seminar with the legendary wit, speaker and author, Charlie ‘Tremendous’ Jones. He said, ‘You’ll be the same person in 5 years time as you are today except for two things – the people you meet and the books you read.’
I would just add to that, ‘the seminars or webinars you attend and the discs (or MP3 recordings) to which you listen.’
Of course there is one other thing I’d highly recommend – apply the knowledge to everyday situations in your life.
If you do that steadily and consistently over the next five years, the ‘future YOU’ could be leading a very different life to the one you had previously imagined.
Here’s one thought to leave you with today: ‘If a person with normal vision often observes no more than a person who is blind, isn’t that like being able to read and not doing so?’
And here’s a short clip so you can experience Charlie ‘Tremendous’ Jones for yourself -until next time – seize the day!