Leaders are readers, writers, thinkers, and doers, who are constantly sharpening their mental saw. Formal education is just the jumping-off point. Lifelong learning is your personal responsibility. Take the time to develop yourself—attend conferences, night classes, retreats, and/or coaching sessions. Invest more in yourself than in your stuff. Be greedy about acquiring intellectual capital for your dream. Don’t fear failure or the thought of looking foolish. Let go of your ego, live with childlike curiosity, and remember that the learning process is an imperfect one: Attempt. Fail. Adapt. Repeat.
“In the end, it is important to remember that we cannot become what we need to be by remaining what we are.”
- Max De Pree, Author of Leadership is an Art