Subba’s Serendipitous moments

June 4, 2007

The Greatness guide

Filed under: Business,Inspiration,Learning,Motivation,Perspective,Winning — Subbaraman Iyer @ 10:16 pm
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Robin Sharma is one successful management guru,motivational speaker who is very successful. Excerpts from his latest book “The Greatness guide” which makes very interesting reading.

The part that I find most interesting is the importance of learning and Robin puts it in a wonderful manner. To me, continuous learning is the very essence of one’s being. The sheer process of learning something new, discovering something unexpected leaves me exhilarated. And surprisingly, the older I get, I find myself more interested in learning and discovering new things.

Robin Cook in his new book “The Greatness Guide” illustrates both the necessity and power of learning when he says:

“There’s a cure for aging that no one talks about. It’s called learning. In my mind, as long as you learn something new each day, stretch your personal frontiers and improve the way you think, you cannot grow old. Aging only happens to people who lose their lust for getting better and disconnect from their natural base of curiosity. “Every three or four years I pick a new subject. It may be Japanese art; it may be economics. Three years of study are by no means enough to master a subject but they are enough to understand it. So for more than 60 years I have kept studying one subject at a time,” said Peter Drucker, the father of modern management who lived until he was 95. Brilliant guy.

Last year, I had the joy of spending a couple of hours in conversation with Shimon Peres, the former Israeli prime minister and Nobel Peace Prize winner. He was nearly 82 at the time, and I couldn’t help but notice that his eyes actually sparkled as he spoke of his love of books, big ideas and learning. I asked: “Mr Peres, when do you read?” His reply: “Robin, when don’t I read? I read when I get up in the morning, when I can do during the day and every single evening. Most of my weekends are spent reading great books. Books are my constant companions.” He then added with a smile: “If you eat three times a day you’ll be fed. But if you read three times a day you will be wise.”

Too many people never pick up a book after they’ve finished school. Unbelievable. Too many people spend more time watching TV than getting deep inside the minds of the greatest people who have walked the planet. Too many people have closed their minds to new insights and powerful thoughts. One idea discovered in one book can change the way you see the world. One idea read in one book could transform the way you communicate with people. One idea found in one book could help you live longer or be happier or drive your business to remarkable success. Never leave home without a book in your hand.”

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