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Little minds are tamed and subdued by misfortune; but great minds rise above them.
-- Washington Irving
 

 

Wednesday, August 7, 1996

Your best teacher

Life is a continual learning experience. Make the commitment to never stop learning, and you’ll live a vibrant, fulfilling life.

During our formal education we get the mistaken impression that we need someone else -- a teacher -- in order to learn. And there are many excellent teachers who have devoted their lives to educating others.

However, your best teacher is YOU. Life is always presenting you with learning experiences. You can choose to learn from them or not. It’s all in your attitude. Everything that happens to you, both “good” and “bad” -- especially “bad” -- is an opportunity to learn.

When you encounter a setback, you have basically two choices. You can choose to be angry and resentful and depressed about it, or you can choose to learn from it. The way you react is completely up to you. If you’re angry and resentful, what will that get you? How will it add value and accomplishment to your life?

When you choose to learn from every experience, you focus your attention on constant self-improvement and positive enrichment. Life presents lessons to you every day. It’s up to you to do the learning.

— Ralph Marston

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