Tuesday, March 20, 2012
OPEN TO LEARN FROM ANYONE
Good day. Today’s topic is being open to learn from anyone or anywhere. One of the things that distinguishes successful people from those who are only successful in appearance is the fact that truly successful people are always open to learn from anyone. They do not, for a lack of better term, judge a book by its cover.
In the teachings put forth by Napoleon Hill in Think and Grow Rich, to be successful in something requires specialized knowledge. No one can be a jack of all trades to a point where you become expert at everything. It is widely believed that it requires 10,000 hours of practice in a skill to become “an expert” in that skill. When you encounter challenges and need to overcome them you need to acquire specialized knowledge. That knowledge can come from anyone in any form, and if you are not open to learn from a variety of people, you will miss the opportunity to gain that knowledge which may be necessary for your success.
From another point of view, the Law of Attraction principles state that there is one source of universal energy and knowledge that we all share in this world. The principle is that we humans and all things in this world past and present contribute to the expansion of the world and our thoughts and knowledge are shared within one source of “all knowledge”. Napoleon Hill called it "the infinite intelligence"; in the writings of Esther and Jerry Hicks the teachers take the collective persona of Abraham; in the book The Secret it was referred to simply as the "source". Many teachers think that hunches, gut instincts, and inspirational thoughts come from the knowledge base in the source. So when you are open to learning, opportunities and knowledge come in many forms. That is using the LOA to your advantage. So if you are trying to use the Law of Attraction to succeed, but are closed minded to a particular person or source of knowledge, for various reasons you are actually putting a form of resistance in the path of the knowledge that will come to help you achieve your goals.
I have learned and am constantly learning from children from 1 year of age to 4 years of age. I have learned how to fix my garbage disposal or cook traditional El Salvadorian and Iranian meals from YouTube, I am always open to learn from anyone because I know that the answers to my questions can come from many different sources. I listen and frequently double check the facts, but I have rarely found that the source of knowledge I was seeking was wrong.
It is a good advice to trust but verify, but that is not to say count something, or someone out because of who they are, what their background is, what type of education they have had or how they dress. Many of the most successful people I have come across, have had no more than a high school education, or less. I have also learned handiwork from people dressed in 3 piece suits and/or with PhDs. Keep your eyes open for opportunities to come to you in response to your asking for and visualizing your goals and they will come. You just have to be open minded to accept help from any source no matter how unlikely you think that source may be.
I hope you enjoyed this post and as always feel free to click on the comment and leave us your thoughts so we can all benefit. To you success.