Use it or lose it?

“Better yourself, better your world.”

This has become my personal motto over the past few years. I have been working, studying and learning about myself, my work, and my faith.

Today, as I was reading the book, The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren, the chapter was discussing service and helping others. The chapter started by explaining how, as humans, we are made to do service and improve this world.

“You were created to add to life on earth, not just take from it.”

I know I have fallen into this trap before in my life. Trying to learn and absorb as much information as I can. Have you fallen into this trap as well? We try to learn so much but for what? As the old saying goes, “If you don’t use it you lose it.” This applies to information as well.

Remember all the information you learned in high school? No, you do not! Chances are you don’t remember most of the information you learned in college if you took that route.

As we continue to learn and pursue our dreams I encourage you to apply the two following tips to your life.

1. Use it! As I mentioned, when you learn new information we are likely to forget it. There is a difference between truly learning and understanding compared to memorizing it for a test. When we apply the information we are learning we beginning to fully understand it. Just like in life there needs to be a trail and error period when we are able to comprehend the information. This will also help you make your own decisions toward the information.

2. Use it for good!! We can learn all the information and have all the knowledge but if we do not use it for a good cause what good is it? Must become givers instead of takers. Suppliers instead of consumers.

“We grow up in order to give out. It is not enough to keep learning more and more.” (The Purpose Driven Life)

“Better yourself, Better your world”


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