Trans4mind Home Page
~ A Journey of Self-Discovery ~

Learning to Live Well

By Philip Humbert

This week I read that protesters were pepper-sprayed by police in Santa Monica (California) when they interrupted a college Board of Trustees meeting by chanting, "No cuts, no fees, education should be free." The irony is over-whelming! Education has always been free (or nearly so)! As I've often written, we live in a remarkable time when all the books ever written are available to anyone who wants them.

Whether (or not) we read is, of course, a very different question. Whether (or not) we listen to powerful audio programs, or take the classes, or ask the questions and seek appropriate mentors, is (as always) a deeply personal decision. But education and skills, ideas, history, biography, and wisdom are easily available to all who seek them. Obviously, diplomas are expensive! But education is basically free or "cheaper than dirt."

Throughout my adult life, I've read at least a book a week, usually a bit more than that. I've read history and business, biography and humor, even a few mysteries and thrillers just for fun. I think it's helped. It's certainly taught me a few things. So when I hear that most adults rarely read a single book, or when folks complain that learning is hard or expensive or "out of reach," I tend to roll my eyes. Diplomas are expensive--and often worth it! But education is free. And all of us are "self-taught." Do yourself a favor. Learn something new this week.

I apologize for ranting. Perhaps I should get a book or go online to learn something about impulse control or anger management. But I do maintain that, "Those who do not read are no better-off than those who cannot read." To me, that's worth pondering.

As a guy who benefitted from many years of formal education, including four graduate degrees, I strongly believe in school! I encourage you to stay in school, go back to school, to hang out with students and surround yourself with people who hunger and thirst for knowledge! Get where it's good!

And, I freely admit I've had some wonderful teachers and some of my best teachers were even paid to teach. There was Wendell Whalen who taught me about philosophy and Bob Crandell who taught me to love good literature. And I am profoundly indebted to "Miss King," the saint we tormented mercilessly while she patiently taught us to write in complete sentences. She's surely long-dead now, but generations of teenagers owe her more than we can ever repay.

But many of my best teachers were never paid to teach. There was Bob Ekegren who taught me about business. And Bob Martinez who taught me the Zen of pistol shooting. And Thomas Leonard who taught me the difference between coaching and teaching.

My list could go on, but I want you to think about your own teachers and mentors. Who has helped you along the way? Who are the people who helped make your life possible? And, perhaps most importantly, who are your current teachers?

Who is mentoring you? Who is helping you find your way to "the next level?" Who are you watching and listening to, who are you following to find out "how they do that?"

In the end, we are all self-taught. Learning is a never- ending process and we either intentionally pursue knowledge, or we drift and learn things haphazardly along the way. And, unfortunately, not everything that happens to come our way is actually helpful in reaching our goals or living the life we intended.

Read more and read smart. Hunger for knowledge and seek wisdom. Our world seems to have a remarkably short supply of smart, disciplined people. Why not be one of the few who "know stuff" and live life based on the best information available, and then pass it on to others?

Dr Humbert is a Success Strategist, author and popular speaker. Imagine what's possible! To inquire about having him speak to your group or organization, or to schedule an initial coaching consultation, contact him or visit his site at Philip Humbert.com.

Goals

Want to renew your life?

Our online, interactive video workshops present the most effective methods of holistic personal development...
Start off with a Free Life Assessment and a Free Consultation...
 

Have a question about Trans4mind Training?

Frequently Asked Questions
What Are Our Fees?
Email Peter Shepherd
More personal development articles at the Counterpoint Article Library

Good info on many topics:

Support your personal development with these popular and effective hypnosis downloads...

This is our selection of favorites, but there's a session for every need! Choose from over 800 Hypnosis Downloads...
Search now on an issue that interests or concerns you...
 

View all the Hypnosis Downloads here

Get a free Hypnosis Download at Facebook

Hypnosis is the key to unlocking your creativity, focusing your energy and understanding yourself

Hypnosis has a long history of helping human beings be the very best they can be. It can be used to control anything controlled by the unconscious mind - pain, blood pressure, fear, confidence levels, mood, sex drive... the list goes on:

  1. You'll become highly productive without getting stressed
  2. Tap into your creative energies instantly
  3. Really understand yourself and others
  4. You'll learn how to stay calm in high pressure or uncomfortable situations
  5. Develop laser-like levels of focus and concentration

Lean more... Uncommon Hypnosis Course

Welcome to the New Wave in Meditation Technology

Click here to learn more about the iAwake Profound Meditation Program
The iAwake Profound Meditation Program
is a way of enhancing your meditation practice, making meditation not only easier and more enjoyable, but also more efficient and effective.
Profound Meditation provides the smoothest, deepest, richest, most profound meditation experience available anywhere...
Here is a link to a free 20-minute track from iAwake Technologies - a sample of the type of tools that will deepen your meditation immediately and help you quickly become a successful meditator. It's the opening track of iAwake's flagship product, the Profound Meditation Program, called the iAwake Experience...
Learn More and Download the iAwake Experience
We think you'll find this technology a tremendous aid on your transformative journey of becoming your best and most creative self - and you can get started today!
Copyright © 1997-2017 Trans4mind Ltd