There’s an idea that we go to school to learn. (And it’s true, of course, that we learn at school.) But the flip side of this idea is the notion that we no longer need to continue learning once we are done with school. Sure, work and other aspects of our lives educate us about certain things (and perhaps allow us to acquire some wisdom along the way), but many of us don’t go out of our way to keep learning–maybe because we don’t know there is more to learn about something that could benefit us. (One statistic floating around on the Internet says that 42% of college graduates never read another book again.)Tweet
I think it’s only natural that when I take the time to read about “significant people,” I hope to learn something and/or glean some inspiration from them. By now, it is old news that the 2013 TIME Magazine Person of the Year was Pope Francis. Some of my favorite people are Jesuits (thanks for the great education guys), and Pope Francis is a breath of fresh air–but let’s face it: I’m never going to be Pope.Tweet
Every new year, I used to make a resolution. And every year that resolution would be history by mid-January. As every new year started with my very best intentions and a firm resolve, my resolutions never seemed to take hold for very long. Despite my resolutions, I would still be on that same treadmill–or as some eloquent pessimist puts it “New day; same s___!”Tweet
Now that all of the Ho, Ho, Ho’s have subsided and everyone who’s been naughty and nice has been determined, it’s time to focus on the new year and those pesky resolutions that always come to mind.
For most people, this means thinking about how they’re going to improve their personal lives and really make those changes they’ve been longing to make. It’s about what investment you’re going to make to improve yourself.Tweet