I am an avid learner, always have been! I love to learn about the newest ways to improve my mind, live longer, improve my finances, and more.
In fact many times I can get carried away learning more and more about my life and how I can reach out and obtain my goals. The problem occurs when my curiosity gets in the way of me actually getting stuff done.
We all live in a world that is obsessed with overloading our minds with valuable information, and as humans we kind of like it that way. We want to know the latest ways to get ahead in life. We want to listen to interviews of successful people who have already accomplished the kind of things we hope to accomplish. There really is a lot of valuable information out there.
It is all very interesting and it can help us to learn something new and grow in our own way. Heck when I was a teenager I used to travel to different seminars around the country with my mom to listen to the big “gurus” talk about how to make money by investing in real estate, or investing in the stock market, or creating your own business.
I’ve learned a lot of information in my life and it is all very useful and very life changing stuff. However….I’ve hardly used any of it.
In truth I find that I end up using only a very small percentage of all the information I have learned and it seems like I am not alone here.
With all the information coming our way these days we are getting smarter. I don’t know of any other generation in history that was unlocking and sharing all of the world’s knowledge with each other at the same rate as we are today. With the internet, television, seminars and everything else there are lots of channels for new ideas and life lessons to reach us.
But it all means absolutely nothing if you do not take what you have learned and put it to good use. Learning too much can be a trap.
Many of the best seminars companies and informational blogs out there have done a really good job at breeding people who are very smart and know their field very well, but who are unsuccessful at it because they simply never took any action.
We’ve all been there in one way or another and with the birth of the internet we are only being bombarded with more information. There is so much more to learn. And it can be very addicting.
How many times have you gone to check your email and ended up running into an article on Yahoo with an interesting title that makes you want to read it? I’m sure you can think of a few; “10 Surefire Ways to Lose Weight,” “5 Mistakes Every Couple Makes,” “Little Money Tricks That Can Have A Big Impact”
There are so many articles that make you want to click on it and learn more. After all learning more is a good thing right? But how often do you actually use any of the information you find in those articles? I’m guessing very rarely.
Learning Isn’t Bad
I’m not saying learning new things is a bad thing. Actually I wrote a whole article on why you should learn at least 1 thing a day.
But there is a time and a place for it and it shouldn’t prevent you from taking action and trying out new things. Understand that helpful articles and books are really only a starting off point.
They can get you thinking in new directions and even give you tips on how to improve your life. But to really get to the next level you have to take action on what you have learned. You need to start learning from experience to truly be an expert and improve your life.
You can learn much more by taking action and moving towards a goal then you can by reading advice on how to achieve that goal.
Realize that life is a journey. It is not about collecting knowledge or even collecting money for that matter. Instead it is about taking chances and challenging yourself.
Without action we really don’t know what we are capable of. We would never really achieve anything great until we stop learning how to do something and start taking action to accomplish it.
In many ways the secret to success in life is going after something that you want and making it a habit to do one thing to help you get closer to your goal every day. Reading and learning is great, but it can only get you so far.
So, what are you waiting for? Stop reading this article and start doing something that you know will help you improve yourself and take you one step closer to a better future.