One of the biggest regrets I have from the last ten years is I stopped learning.
To be fair, I kept writing and refined my abilities on a level that worked. Or worked well enough to create interest in my company and maintain employment.
But outside of the occasional spurt of “I’m going to try something new today – like dropping a curse word into a post!”
I really didn’t sharpen the ole saw much. To say the least.
Essentially I stopped reading, stopped talking to people about writing, stopped learning in general.
The reason why was sheer old school me. Namely, I thought writing and personal development books and podcasts were douchey. I made it through a few pages of The Elements of Style before I tossed it aside. What the hell did that guy know about blogs?!
I knew everything. Obviously.
As part of my recent Great Awakening, I started reading a few blogs. HubSpot has some good blogging and marketing tips, for example. I picked up the book by their founders on inbound marketing. I read the whole thing on a flight from SLC to Boston.
Pretty good. Not douchey. Me get smarter.
So I picked up another book. And another.
Then I swapped out my sports talk commute for podcasts. There are dozens of good ones on business, writing, humor, music, and so on.
Learning things is badass. Being wrong is great.
There’s so much information out there. Most of it free.
Hell, all of it free if you have a library card.
Want the Elements of Style? This version has been free for Kindle (a free app) for a while. Grab it, and try it.
Interested in personal development? Check out The OG of all personal development books. If you want something more modern, try Tony Robbins. Even more modern? Lewis Howes’ podcast or The Art of Charm.
The point is to be open to what’s out there. Smart people share what they know. Sometimes free, but as Seth Godin has said, a $15 book can change your life. That’s a fair price.
(If you want to keep up with what I’m reading, friend me up on Goodreads)