March 3, 2014 Praveen

To Double your Income, Triple your Rate of Learning

Learning is an incredible behavior that we the humans are born with. If not for it, we wouldn’t be humans. I’ve realized, that as we grow older, learning becomes an inseparable part of our life. As much as it may seem trivial to say, I do want to say that I’ve re-discovered learning after a recent brush with it, at a Robin Sharma workshop in the city.

All said, for me learning is a continuous habit, and even before I realized that I noticed it has always been an integral part of my life. I am learning today, unlearning tomorrow and re-learning soon.

In this context let me share a quote: “What we found was that it takes 66 days on average for people in our study to acquire a habit.” says Professor Jane Wardle of University College London, who carried out the study with Dr. Phillippa Lally.

I have found my first analog with time, I will read books for 66 days in a stretch to make it a habit. I want to get into the habit of reading immediately. On 28th February 2014, I had an opportunity to watch Robin Sharma speak live in Hyderabad. I am going to share my experiences, excerpts and the ‘take-aways’ from the session.

One of the learnings I came back with is the realization that Leadership is about how superbly you perform when no one’s watching. Only two things matter in the end – who you became and how many you’ve helped. 

In the words of Oseola McCarty “Everyone can show leadership.” People will follow you only when they have trust on you, when they admire you, when they respect you. And this is possible only when you are disciplined. If you remember Pablo Picasso, it was 10% of his talent and 90% of his disciplined life that made him Picasso from a Painter. You can make excuses or deliver results, but you cannot do both. As Robin believes ‘victims make excuses, leaders deliver results’.

‘A job is only a job if you look at it as a job’. There is something wrong when you are very comfortable in your present job. Stretch your Limits. Do an extra bit. Always challenge your capabilities. And trust me, complacency is a poison that seeps into the system of will power and makes it numb, very numb. Remember my words.

What makes a company grow is its leaders. That way, each and every employee is a leader if a company wants to out-perform its competitors. As rightly said ‘Leave people better than you found them’. During this moment, I reflected on my business group’s core belief, “Growing with Oneness”, and at this point I was happy to do my bit. But again, there’s a huge potential in human assets and one must learn to nurture the strengths of the human asset. Also, as you become more successful, you become more humble, more productive and your appetite for risk increases. Simplicity is the mother of success. People can forget what you taught, what you spoke, what you gave them. The one thing that they will never forget is ‘the way you made them feel’. Add value into the lives of people who are around you. Robin in his book, ‘The Monk who sold his Ferrari’ said “never overlook the power of simplicity”. I have grasped so many such pointers and tenets which I would like to practice. I’ve heard them because I found them to be the mantras to be successful, to be content. Now I look forward to ingrain them.

Meanwhile, a couple of more pearls of wisdom:

“The fastest way to change yourself is to hang out with people who are already the way you want to be.” – Ben Casnocha

I found a book titled ‘How to be amazing at anything’. It had only a single page inside. And it was just one word long: ‘Practice – Jason Shelley’.

The take-out I would want to leave you with: “To double your income, triple your rate of learning.”