There are a lot of different ways to learn. However, I’d argue that “learning by example” is probably far and away the most common.
Children illustrate this concept beautifully. Many think that our kids should and do get their education in the classroom. I disagree. Our kids get their education by watching what we do and what those around them do each and every day. If you’ve got any doubt on this one look at the clothes they wear, the music they listen to, and the games they play. But also look at how they greet a stranger, how they treat others that they don’t know, or what professional sports team(s) they follow. If you still have any doubt that they are learning by example from friends, family, and you, I’d be amazed.
Multiple times, I’ve mentioned my fondness for the “discipline or regret” principle that Jim Rohn put forward. He’s got another concept/principle that I also find intriguing. It states:
- We are the average of the five people we spend the most time around
If Rohn’s correct, there’s an interesting corollary in my opinion
- Our behaviors shape those that spend the most time around us.
That puts a lot of responsibility on us to act us good examples.
With that in mind:
What kind of an example are you?
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