Lifelong learning…..Challenging the limits
Last week I began a topic I would like to continue………being a life-long learner.
It appears as if those that choose the path of lifelong learning have many advantages to those that don’t. This choice appears to affect all areas of life. One’s career; relationships; personal life and sense of overall engagement all get sharpened by this commitment.
It appears further, that the success in life experienced by “learners” is correlated to them challenging boundaries and limits. Boundaries to our belief system, and areas that we think are beyond our capacity.
An example of this was the 4 minute mile barrier. Prior to 1954, all attempts to break this record ended in failure. The conclusion? Man cannot physiologically run that fast. Then Roger Bannister seemingly under the radar of conventional wisdom, broke that record. Within 1 year of that record falling 14 runners broke the barrier
What barriers /limits should we be challenging, particularly when we think of starting a new enterprise?
Over the next few weeks, I would like to consider a few common barriers
This week’s barrier? Age……”I am too young or too old.”
Too young? Consider Kylie Simonds — who designed a backpack that lets kids feel stylish while they undergo chemotherapy.
When she was 8 years old, Kylie went to the doctor complaining of a sore throat. In the three years that followed, she received a cancer diagnosis, underwent chemotherapy, emerged as a survivor, and invented a backpack that gives kids like her an alternative to clunky, ugly IV poles.
The young inventor, now 13, has set up a GoFundMe campaign to bring the backpack, which she calls the “i-Pack,” to life. The prototype features stabilizing internal rods, a pump, a controller, and a coil to hold the medicine bag.
Kylie received a patent in 2014 for the innovative design after attending the UCONN Invention Convention and winning the “Patent Award,” the highest prize available.
Too old? Consider Ray Croc and Ray Kroc
Fast food moguls Ray Kroc and Colonel Sanders have one very important thing in common: they both started their businesses in mid-life.
Milkshake machine salesman Ray Kroc was 51 when he stumbled upon a small chain of hamburger stands run by the MacDonald brothers and he pitched them on expanding the chain into a corporation.
A website devoted to Colonel Sanders reports that: “in 1930, the then 40-year-old Sanders was operating a service station in Corbin, Kentucky, and it was there that he began cooking for hungry travelers who stopped in for gas. He didn’t have a restaurant yet, so patrons ate from his own dining table in the station’s humble living quarters. In 1952, at the age of 62, Sanders franchised his “Kentucky Fried Chicken” for the first time. Today, KFC has over 18,800 outlets in 118 different countries and territories.
The lesson? In choosing to be a lifelong learner, let’s not buy the lie that we are too young, or too old to contend!