What Have I Learned Lately?

money bush

It is a valid question. We each learn all kinds of new bits of information every day. We learn how to do something new. Or, we learn to recognize something in a new way. And, we may learn information on something that is happening that could help us.

The more we get out, around others, around nature, the city, or organizations, the more we collect information. It flows to us, and we cannot help but see, hear, feel and sometimes touch that information. The big question is, do we recognize the information and are we doing something about it?

Picking up new information is good. Yet, not recognizing the information, or how it can help us means it will do us little good. We have to attune ourselves to filter information and understand how the bits will best help us. This means we have to be aware.

If we go out to find something specific like what time the pool is open for lap swimming, we know what we want before we see it, and it is not tough to gain that information. Serendipitous information may come our way, such as when I pick up a schedule for lap swim, the attendant tells me that lap swim is free for people in my age group from 9 to 11 a.m. daily. Knowing this piece of information just saved me from spending some money.

There is other information that is just as valuable but may go unnoticed because I wasn’t looking for it. What if I left the aquatic center and was in a hurry to catch a bus to my next appointment? Would I be so wrapped up with free swimming and getting to where I need to be next? Would I miss the fact that there was a stiff breeze blowing? And, would I miss the fact that there was a $20 bill stuck on a branch of a Bush, just like the 15 people in front of me did? If you’re not looking for it, you may not see it no matter how good it is.

Maybe not everything you find when you go places will be worth the $20 bill. However, some things will be much more valuable. What may be valuable for you may be worthless to someone else. Even more, their valuables may be useless to you.

When you go out, you have to pay attention. You need to know what would help you and what would not. And, you need to take action on things which can definitely help. I hope all the great things you find are worthy of that $20 bill.

Thank you for being with me today. I hope to be with you again tomorrow.

Author: Mike Balof

A retired Air Force Master Sergeant, Mike used to lay in bed at night and worry about what would happen if his plant closed or found himself without a job. One day his plant closed. Rather than panic and hysteria (OK, maybe a little) Mike found himself carried away on the adventure of his life. Mike started with the best job he ever had working at Home Depot. He spent 8 years working with job seekers at a local workforce center, helping them to find employment. He then started his own company developing courses, writing books and urging others to follow their own paths into the future. Mike holds a Master of Arts in Adult Education and Training and a Bachelor of Business Management, earned through the University of Phoenix and an AAS degree in Electronics Systems Technology from the Community College of the Air Force. Mike is a member of the Delta Mu Delta Business Honor Society.

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