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Today’s quote:

“Knowing is not enough, we must apply. Willing is not enough, we must do.” – Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

I love to learn new things, particularly things that help me pursue my goals. I enjoy learning a new workout routine, discovering a new supplement that may be helpful, or learning something about writing.

Learning these things is great, but why learn anything if I don’t use what I’ve learned. This is what Goethe is talking about. I would argue that learning is meaningless if we do not apply these things to our work.

With all of the information available to us, it is really hard sifting through what is true and what is crap. Subsequently, we have to filter what we use as a source when we learn something new. When I find some information online that could contribute to my work, I look at the source before reading it. Why would I take the word from someone just like me without any proof of their expertise?

When reading about writing, I enjoyed Stephen King’s book. He is a successful writer. He is credible. The advice he provides is worthwhile because he has demonstrated success in his field. When reading about managing my time, David Allen (author of Getting Things Done and creator of the GTD methodology) is a credible source. When reading about the character ethic, Dr. Stephen Covey, is by far the world’s expert.

Pay attention to what you use for your learning. There are a lot of posers out there. Research the person claiming their expertise. Have they been successful in their field? Are they offering advice in that field? If you want to learn about football, read a book by a professional football player. If you want to learn about investing, read books written by successful investors.

You get my point. Put some extra effort into the sources you learn from. These sources should demonstrate success in the field they are teaching about.

Thanks for reading!

Until next time…

Dave