Becoming a Lifelong Student

I worked in foodservice throughout high school and college. And the types of people you meet in the restaurant industry can be interesting.

There are a lot of phenomenal people, and a lot of people who are genuinely passionate about that field, and will never leave foodservice. And that’s awesome. That’s what they love to do.

But there’s a subset of servers who take on this worldview that everything is stacked against them. They think their life isn’t where they want it because they get stingy tippers all the time. They’re not happy because of lousy company policies. They’ll never be “successful” because of the area code they grew up in.

And they think that if all those problems were reversed, then they’d be rich, happy, and successful.

That attitude always bothered me. And it’s not exclusive to servers.

I’m still super young and super ignorant when it comes to the majority of life. But I do know that I’m not a victim. If I don’t like something about my life, I change it.

I didn’t like the pay when I was at the restaurant job, so I don’t work there anymore. I changed it.

Such a novel concept, I know.

In my opinion, education is the one thing that bridges the gap into a better life. Whether that’s improving your craft, getting a promotion, becoming a millionaire, or whatever your goal is — education will get you there (obviously paired with hard work and persistence).

Lately, I’ve become obsessed with learning.

Podcasts, audio books, physical books, ebooks, Youtube channels, radio shows — anything I can get my hands on that improves my mind, I’m in love with it. I don’t know what it is, but I feel like if I stop learning, I’ll die.

Or worse…

Become (more) ignorant, stupid, and apathetic. Yes, I definitely have some of those in me. I try to quell them as much as possible though.

If I’m not learning, I’m losing ground. Right now my focus is on finance and leadership. Two areas I want to develop in.

I ran across this statistic the other day that said the average millionaire reads a nonfiction book a month. So, I think I’m going to read two. I need extra help. 😉

My goal is to be a lifelong student. And so far it’s been incredibly fulfilling.

Question(s) of the day: Are you apathetic or do you crave the next thing you can learn?

5 Comments

  1. I am a lifelong student too! I was an English teacher. Then I stayed home with my children for years and learned so much from them and with them. I’m fortunate that my children often share what they are learning with me, and we have great conversations.

    Once again, I’m working as a teacher and realize that one of the perks of this job is being surrounded by so many different minds and perspectives. The world is full of fascinating people and things.

    I recently discovered one of many non fiction books I’d like to read: “Simple Rules: How to Thrive in a Complex World”
    by Donald Sull and Kathleen M. Eisenhardt.

    • You learn something best when you have to teach it — and that sounds like that’s the case raising your kids and being a teacher. That’s awesome, Teresa!

  2. Nice post! Well, There are a lot of things we need to learn. And learning will make you successful.

  3. Hell! I’ve been cloned.

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