Learn. Do. Be.
I recently read some wise words that have stuck with me. “Learn what you should learn. Do what you should do. Be who you should be.” by Thomas S. Monson. This simple, yet profound, Success Mantra has the ability to transform almost anyones circumstances, no matter how harsh they may be, for the better.
When I entered into the world of Network Marketing I was young, over confident and didn’t know what I didn’t know. Over time, I was introduced to the power of personal development. I fell in love with the constant pursuit of leadership. The idea of being “better” became faceted in my mind.
Over time, I studied the works of many different direct, and indirect mentors. As a result, my world began to change. I started dreaming bigger. My eyes were opened to so many new and exciting opportunities. Perhaps the greatest takeaway of all, was by learning what I should learn I became a better husband, father and overall person. Now, I certainly don’t pretend to not have any shortcomings. Believe me, I have plenty. But the idea of being “better” still consumes me every day.
The great thing about learning is it usually leads to “doing”. In more than one occasion in my life, I can remember a time where the more I learned about something, the more I was inspired to take action. I’ll never forget sitting in a small conference room in 2007, in Phx AZ, with a dozen other aspiring networkers, and Mr. #GoPro himself, Eric Worre. Eric was the first trainer to get through to me that there is a right way, and a wrong way to do the business. He taught me the concepts of contact and inviting, using third party tools, the power of edification and the importance of three way calls. Until then, I tried to do everything on my own and it never duplicated. By first learning what I should learn, I started doing what I should do, and I began to enjoy some success in the network marketing profession.
For many years of my life I lived carelessly, selfishly, and some might even say foolishly. I’m stubborn, hard headed, and I’ve made some pretty dumb decisions over the years. Luckily, I married a great woman who believes in me, I had six children who inspire me to be more, and I’ve surrounded myself with some pretty amazing people along the way. Many of the important lessons I’ve learned have come from that proverbial “Refiners Fire” that we must all go through. I have found the challenges that we go through, are usually there to push us down a different path, to exactly where we are supposed to be.
And by learning what we should learn, and doing what we should do, it makes it much easier to BE who we need to be.
In the spirit of success,
Travis A. Flaherty