I posted this piece on my personal blog in February of this year, but it’s the content is much older than that. I republish it here with my own permission, and because the Invert City Project is ultimately about learning as a positive lifestyle and growth.
When I talk about the desire to learn, I am referring to the use of that intense need to know more about the things you enjoy and love for your benefit. You may have already thought of several of these “things”. In fact, I know you have supposed of at least one by the time you finish reading this sentence.
Take that feeling and focus on it for an instant; let that happy feeling that you get when news about your favourite gadget, book, or Netflix series appears on your news-feed.
That pleasure can drive you to behave in ways that (perhaps) you had not intended; it’s a motivator to action. If, for example, you planned to go out with your mates at 5:00 pm, but at 4:00 you found out that the newest episode of Lucifer had been released. You might delay that meeting with your friends until 6:00 or when the episode ended.
Suppose the person you were about to meet held more value regarding what information you would receive. In that case, it is not unlikely that you would happily wait to watch The Walking Dead at a different time.
You see, it’s all about information and how important that information is to our experience.
Some of the best people I know place a high value on information that benefits them financially, intellectually, or even physically. This is also the case with most of the athletes I work with.
The most successful people I know have developed beneficial information into a lifestyle – they actively seek to learn more about the things that help them grow.
They are happy to learn how to become better at what they do.
I want you to think about how you pursue excellent notions for yourself and, more importantly, how you do the same for ideas that hinder your development.
Thank you for reading.
— Coach José