Success Principles | 4 Ways to Stay In Continuous Pursuit of Knowledge

Once you’ve been around any particular subject for any extended period of time, it’s easy to get the “I already know it all” mentality.

Lucky for us, it usually doesn’t take long before something comes our way to quickly remind us we do not, in fact, know it all. Not even close.

No matter your field of study, there will always be someone who knows more than you. Information is changing at a more rapid pace than ever, and if you want to stay at the top of your game you must become humble and constantly be in pursuit of new knowledge to make yourself, your team, and your experiences… better.

Staying in a continuous pursuit of knowledge can happen in several different ways:

  1. Pursuit of Knowledge Through Books —Books are the most time + cost efficient way to gain knowledge in any field. Regardless of your pursuit, there is always an expert who’s written a book. Likely, there are many experts… and many books.Reading is also the easiest way to CONSISTENTLY be in pursuit of knowledge. It is something that can be done every day.I begin every morning doing two things: First, I read a daily devotional. This is how I remain in constant pursuit of knowledge in my relationship with Christ and the purpose God has for my life. For example, this morning I just completed a 40-Day devotional entitled, The Purpose Driven Life. Before that I did a 90-Day study on the life of David, and tomorrow I will begin a 90-Day study on the life of PaulThis has become so routine that when something interrupts it and I miss a day, my entire day functions weirdly.The second thing I do is read a personal development book. This is how I remain in continuous pursuit of becoming a better person… and is often a book on mindset, goal setting, the slight edge philosophy, etc, etc, etc. I’ve recently read Funny Side Up, by Rita Davenport — a Southern Girls Guide to Love, Laughter and Money, and am currently in the process of reading Awaken the Giant Within : How to Take Immediate Control of Your Mental, Emotional, Physical and Financial Destiny! by Tony Robbins.
  2. Pursuit of Knowledge Through Virtual Classes —Let’s face it, most of us don’t have time to take classes in person on a regular basis. Enter the power of the internet! I try to take at least 2 virtual classes each year that help me with my career. Earlier this year, I enrolled in the Focus Formula, a goal setting course by Anthony Fernando. Next week I will be starting an Attraction Marketing class, taught by Diane Hochman. I almost didn’t sign up for that one… “I don’t need another class.”… but thankfully I got my pride in check and signed-up for it anyway.There are also opportunities to engage in live and recorded virtual trainings through online platforms you may be involved with. For example,  we host a weekly training call for our team in our primary company, and the online marketing platform I use, MLSP, has live trainings every week as well as a wealth of recorded trainings in the back office.It doesn’t matter HOW you get trained… the point is… DO IT.
  3. Pursuit of Knowledge through Live Events — This is a fun one! The energy and atmosphere at a life event is seldom able to be duplicated in a virtual platform. There is something magical about hundreds or thousands of people gathered together in a room in a single pursuit of learning something together. I make certain I attend every event hosted by my primary company each year, along with at least one other event that I find relevant to my field of study.
  4. Pursuit of Knowledge through Practice —1-3 matter not at all if you don’t put into practice what you learn. A certain level of knowledge can only by attained by trying, and often failing, the strategies you’ve learned through books, virtual classes and live events.An excellent example of this in my own life is with my horse, Kenney. It doesn’t matter how many books I’ve read or clinics I’ve audited, at some point I just have to get in the saddle and go for it. You’ll find that things are often much different in practice than they are in theory. We know a lot of things in theory… to be able to implement them in real life can be a whole different story!If you aren’t willing to get out there and try… and to feel uncomfortable, uncoordinated and uneducated for a while… you will never get better.Books and classes are great. But at some point you just have to do it.

No matter what you are trying to achieve in life, if you wish to reach the top of your field you must always remain in a continuous pursuit of knowledge in regards to that field.

As with most things in life, if you aren’t moving forward, it is likely you are moving backwards. Stagnancy is not an option.

“I was bold in the pursuit of knowledge, never fearing to follow truth and reason to whatever results they led, and bearding every authority which stood in their way.” Benjamin Franklin  

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