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Think about the structure that you had while you were a child in school between grades K-12. You had teachers and parents and system designed to move you up and through the system.

The very design of the American school system is one of incremental learning progression with a promotion to a higher grade eventually leading to a graduation of the system. What if there was no system in place for education, would you have had the inclination or the discipline to get the education you got?

Why is it that in school you have the system to get you through this education process then leaves you alone without a basic structure or system of success beyond the basics? Why are people going through our school systems not taught about their potential? Why are our children not given the tools to understand their potential and to make the most of it as they grow and develop?

The sad truth is that after the education we are forced into, most people stop learning.

How to Learn

If you want to be successful in any endeavor, you must commit to learning.

Most people look at learning as what they did in school. After graduation, they feel like their learning is over. Never at any time in history is there so much free knowledge available on any subject. From libraries to the internet, there is enough information available to get your doctorate degree in any chosen field.

Why is it then that most people resist learning and a system of learning outside of what we had an informal education? Commencement is a ceremony that most go through at graduation. Both the words graduation and commencement have meanings intended to continue on. Commencement quite literally means beginning or originating with graduating implying moving to another level.

There are so many things to learn, and with that knowledge, improve and enrich our lives.

Knowledge and education and training could not be a more powerful lever for applying Incremental Advantage to your life. The Japanese have a term for the process never-ending improvement, called kaizen.

The problem with knowledge is, most people have a built-in resistance to such a commitment and instead place a greater emphasis on entertainment and escape rather than improvement. Improving yourself is a daily and incremental activity. Look for things to peak your curiosity and new things to learn. Adapt your learning to small changes and improvements. Continue to learn and apply knowledge in small ways to further improve. Then build on those improvements.

This positive kaizen cycle is the bedrock of creating incremental improvement in your life and achieving your goals.

The principles we have discussed are known by many yet applied by few. Being part of that group sets you apart and allows you to separate yourself from the crowd.

This post is an excerpt from the book Stack the Logs written by Kahuna Business Group’s Founder/ CEO Frank F. Lunn.

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