From the moment we start walking to when we first get our driver's license, we're always learning. Growing and developing our skills has been a constant theme in our lives whether we're aware of it or not. As we get older, we start to see areas of life we want to improve in, so it's crucial we understand the learning process and how to apply it.
Ignorance. The first phase of learning is realizing we don't know what we don't know. It's impossible to know everything, so it's safe to say we're all ignorant in one way or another. Once we find a specific area we want to improve in, we need to understand the unknown we have yet to explore. Receiving constructive criticism from trusted friends is a great way to analyze our weaknesses. Understanding where we're incompetent is the first step to getting better.
Awareness. After we've understood where we lack knowledge, we are now aware of where we need to focus. Consciously dissecting our strengths and weaknesses allows us to pay attention to detail and measure our performance. Whether it's public speaking or working out, knowing where we stand and where we can improve is a huge step towards progress.
Progress. As we work on our areas of weakness and practice with repetition, we'll start to see our skills advancing. Hitting the gym five times a week, speaking to a group of people once a week, researching and building our business every day -- progress happens when we work towards our goals on a consistent basis. This process is slow and takes time, but it's empowering to know we're improving.
Learning is a beautiful thing when we do it right. It opens our minds beyond imagination. Growth and development is the foundation of everything we do. With constant progress, we can achieve anything we set our minds to.
"Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do." -Pele