One of my “official” strengths when taking the StrengthsFinder 2.0 assessment is being a Learner. Yes, I’ll own that. I’m insatiable when it comes to learning, especially in the areas of leadership and self-leadership. I’ve got a hardbound book going, a book on CD going in the car, podcasts and audio books going while exercising at the gym, webinars from my industry to listen to, a coach, idea-people with whom to be creative, and reviews of my journal and archived articles sent to me. Whew! But it’s what I look forward to. No one has to prod me to learn.
(For some of the books I read in 2020 that I recommend, click here.)
Let’s go deeper into what makes for a true learner. Which of these do you nod your head with?
- You understand that life is a marathon, the long-game, with lots to experience along the way.
- You are aware that there is so much more to learn.
- You aren’t satisfied with the status quo; there’s always a better way to try.
- You know someone is more of an expert on every topic than you are, and you must find that person.
- You consume dozens of books, blogs, articles, and podcasts every year.
- You have been told you are a good listener, because you see everyone as a resource for learning.
- You have been told, “That’s a great question!” when you are curious while helping others process their issues.
- You are not afraid to say, “I don’t know, but I’ll find out” instead of trying to bluff your way through an answer.
- You are more of an expert on a few things and generally-knowledgeable on many things.
- You are a student of life itself, especially what leads to a successful life and relationships.
Out of those 10, how many are “definitely you”? If you have the majority in the affirmative, you’re a learner, too. And, what a gift! Here’s my challenge to you: Start turning more of those inputs into more outputs. In other words, as you learn, find a way to be a conduit of the information and flow it to those who might be interested in what you’ve gleaned. Remember, most people don’t want unsolicited advice; so, be cautious that you only share with hungry minds who appear interested in your message.
Learners, unite! Be a GFF (Growing Forward Friend) and stick around in my community of learners. My membership community (Bull’s Eye) is coming this spring. But for now, stay connected via my social media channels: Instagram LinkedIn. Facebook