Big-picture thinkers broaden their outlook by striving to learn from every experience. They don’t rest on their successes, they learn from them.
–John C. Maxwell
A few weeks ago, my wife opened an Etsy store. She’s been making jewelry for years, and I’m constantly astounded by her patience and skill with these things.
Not long ago, she was working on her real estate license, which is another thing she’s always wanted to pursue. But as she explains in her post about her new business, events here have conspired against that, recently. We’re firm believers in the Things Happen For a Reason philosophy around here; even the bad things that happen to us wind up causing growth.
Years ago, I worked with a guy who was a seeming inexhaustible source of knowledge on C++. But he couldn’t (or wouldn’t) accept solutions to problems that were outside his experience. I realized I never wanted to be like that. When you tell people you’re never complacent, they always act as if you have two heads. My theory is this: Once you quit learning, you’ve effectively died; the rest is just biology.
Which is a long way around of saying that my wife’s Never Say Die Approach has led to Door 44 Jewelry.
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