Learning Lasts a Lifetime

My favorite athletes are the superstars. Not just because they are the best, but also because of how they rose to the top.

Peyton Manning could have rested on his laurels, but instead he came back from a serious neck injury to win Comeback Player of the Year (2012) and then Most Valuable Player (2013). He works harder at his craft than anyone else (including his brother Eli Manning, who is a good quarterback, but not a great one.)

Albert Pujols just reached a major milestone, he hit his 500th home run this season. Not only is he one of the best hitters in baseball, he is also one of the hardest working players–training like he still has something to prove even though he is almost certainly heading to the Hall of Fame.

Trying to improve should never end–even if you’ve “made it”. It’s also never too late to learn something new.

I was just the keynote speaker at a conference where the Executive Director was retiring after 18 years. As I prepared a couple of skits to do with him I realized he wasn’t really walking away, he was just moving on . . . to something else. Not only is this man an attorney and an accountant, he is a pilot and a parachutist–and now he is going to become a jazz singer, consultant, and an author.

I decided to start a new bucket list which includes learning to play guitar (I play bass and drums), do a stand-up comedy routine, and buy another boat (for the first time in 21 years I have been without a boat.) I also decided it’s not too late to learn from my past mistakes and break some old patterns that have proven not to work. How about you?

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Learning Lasts a Lifetime

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