Thursday, August 25, 2016

Learn From Others


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They say experience is the best teacher. I disagree with this wholeheartedly. The best teacher is observing and listening to others. You can learn from others mistakes, best decisions, experiences good or bad. The return of investment includes all of benefits of the upswing while minimizing all the risks on the downswing.

A lot of people ask me ‘how did I make it out the hood?’ My responses vary. But, the most common response is that when I saw one person shooting in one area, I ran the other way. Some may say this this ‘law of Darwinism’ survival of the fittest. I like to say it is person being conscience of their surroundings while knowing what they want in the long run.

I think it is important to believe in what you want because no matter what that person is faced with, they are going to make decisions whether major or minor, towards their ultimate goal.  
We all need to learn from others whether good or bad. This helps us to move ourselves, family, friends, and the general society around us to the next level.

I have found that in organizations, employees and leaders fail continuously while employing the same tactics to achieve another level of success as an organization. Have you ever been in an organization where you have to tell five people the same reason for not engaging in a specific behavior; and regardless of what you tell them, they continue to travel down the same road? This makes the organization operate at low and efficient level. This may not seem much in a small or large organization, but if you have several individuals making the same decision that could have clearly been avoided; those small similar mistakes add up to huge profit margin losses.

All in all, learn from others mistakes and good decisions. Their experience may help you to move to the next level in life.

Ronnie O. Rice, Ph.D., J.D.

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