As I write this, it’s a Monday. An hour and a half from now, I’ll rise from this seat in the Stanford University library (pictured below) to make my over to an auditorium where Meg Whitman, current CEO of Hewlett Packard, former CEO of eBay is giving a talk.
I very nearly decided not to go, though.
What the heck?
Hearing about the talk yesterday, I initially figured it as a must-see. But then reality took over. I’d got lots of work to do. I needed to write. I always write on Mondays. I didn’t want to get left behind.
But as I caught myself thinking these thoughts, I pulled myself up sharply.
Are you crazy? Eighteen months ago when you were still living in the UK, you’d have been deeply envious of someone who could catch a free talk by someone so illustrious simply by strolling round the corner.
Now, while I don’t know exactly what Ms. Whitman will speak about, there’s a pretty good chance it will be fascinating. Regardless of her talk’s content, I’m going to learn something, and perhaps I can remind us both that learning almost always feels good.
It can be a particularly helpful way to give yourself a boost should you happen to be feeling under the weather.
Of course I’m deeply fortunate to have the resources of Stanford at hand, but I suspect that learning opportunities are closer to you, too, than you may imagine.
Why not turn on the radio to catch a documentary? Or watch one on TV? You could find a podcast online.
Pick up a book, newspaper or magazine. Watch a TED talk. Ask a friend to tell you something you don’t already know.
Please, please do your level best to never turn down any opportunity to learn, wherever this may be. Today’s a great place to start.
And definitely don’t let routines get in the way. For although they can certainly be helpful at times, within every routine there’s a rut waiting to be found.