Week 2 – The Indispensable Power of Learning


“Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.”   -John F. Kennedy

One of the traits of successful people is that they are constantly learning. In fact, a great deal of their Success Contemplation time (see the About Tab) is spent integrating and applying what they have learned.

Living organisms are either growing or dying. Cells are either regenerating themselves and multiplying, or they are decreasing in number.  A decrease in the number of cells is called atrophy. Atrophy is a form of dying.  It’s similar to what happens to sharks.

Sharks must swim.  (Well, most sharks must, there are several exceptions to this statement, but the large majority of sharks must swim).  If a shark stops swimming, oxygen no longer flows through its gills.  When that happens, the shark literally suffocates, sinks to the bottom and dies.


Something similar happens for the brain. If the brain is not making new connections or growing new dendrites, then it is shrinking and dying. There is rarely such as thing as “status quo” in the body.  Like a shark, the body must be moving or “growing” in the form of regeneration.

The brain “grows” through learning. In fact, learning is really the only thing that causes the brain to grown in a healthy way.

Successful people go out of their way to learn. They do so in a variety of ways, including: reading, researching, training courses, watching others, mentoring, and creating opportunities to learn. Successful people will often seek, create, or deliberately put themselves in situations specifically so they can learn.

This week’s success tip is: Seek out and create learning opportunities! Get those dendrites and mental connections growing! Give your brain a work-out. This week, become a learning-shark!


  1. Each morning (or you can do it the night before), take a moment to review your calendar and identify 2-3 learning opportunities in your day. It might be the chance to ask a question, or read an article, or discover something by watching others. The learning doesn’t have to be large. All learning, large and small, has value.
  2. Mentally cue yourself to learn during those opportunities.
  3. If you catch yourself in a learning opportunity you had not expected, cue yourself to learn in the moment.
  4.  At the end of the week, use the weekly review process in the About Tab, to review your progress.

“Information is just facts.

Knowledge is the ability to use and apply information.

Understanding comes from the experience of using knowledge and learning from it over a period of time.

Understanding is the foundation for wisdom.”   – Renate Donnovan


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