Posted by: reachdev | February 24, 2014

From An Old Dog

old-dog-new-tricksThroughout our lives we are taught through the use of proverbial sayings. From an early age we hear such wisdom as; “Money doesn’t make you happy.”, “Too many cooks spoil the broth.” and of course, “The early bird gets the worm.” We are supposed to derive some kind of life lessons from these proverbs that will help direct us on our journey. Unfortunately, some of these proverbs can stifle us by teaching us the wrong lessons.

Take for example the old saw, “You can’t teach an old dog, new tricks.” It’s hard to know the truth of this proverb. Is a dog ever too old to learn something new? And if it is true, what does it matter? People aren’t dogs! You and I aren’t dogs and we don’t need to let this idea limit our ability to grow and learn. Yet in working with adult learners we constantly run into people who use this concept as an excuse to remain stagnant in life.

Recent studies have shown that people who continue to learn and have new experiences tend to stay sharper and be more optimistic about life. So commit yourself to lifelong learning. It will do you as much good as physical exercise and a healthy diet.

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