I was grateful to be part of the Speakers Association Convention last weekend. Not only was I part of the convention, I also participated in the finals of the Speaker Factor competition. My participation in this convention cemented the view that the more you think you know, the less you actually know. This is because there is always something new to be learned and conventional thinking to be challenged.
Here are a few lessons I gleaned from taking part in the Speaker Factor and in being a convention delegate:
- Put yourself out there: We cannot grow from hearing only what we want to hear. We can only grow by hearing the good, the bad and the ugly. Putting yourself out there allows for feedback and increases self awareness for course correction.
- Talent is not enough: Your daily routine will take you far. To become the best in your industry or area of interest requires daily immersion of 15 to 60 minutes learning from all sources imaginable. Make it your habit to challenge your perspective.
Never become so much of an expert that you stop gaining expertise. View life as a continuous learning experience” – Denis Waitley
- Develop relationship currency: Spend time with those who have been down the road before you, share ideas with them while learning as much as possible. This will create a platform to access other relationships that you never had before.
Throughout my life and career journey, I have learned a great deal about the value of learning and continuous improvement. Anyone who stops learning gambles with their lives. They become obsolete and old-fashioned in their approach to new ideas and contemporary thinking. Not you, you are a light that should shine brightly for self and others.
Tex Hlalele is a speaker, life and business coach. He is the author of the book, Face the person in the mirror. Book Tex to help you and your team gain insights and possibilities for individual learning and organisational advancement on +2764 656 6174 or visit http://www.dreamsmadepossible.co.za/contact.html