youth worker, youth ministry, learner

Being a Life Learner

By Doug Franklin December 3, 2010

I often ask myself, “am I growing?”  This question is so important to me because it easy to stop growing. We are often good at seeing other people’s problems but we struggle to see where our own faults lie. Being self aware will help us grow and help us have more grace for others’ weaknesses. Being a life learner will help us grow. To be a life learner I think you always need to be doing the following:

1. Seek Feedback

As leaders we need to be constantly asking people for feedback on our leadership and communication. This feedback can be hard to hear at times but if we are open to learning about how we can improve this feedback, it will lead to growth.

2. Absorb

To be a life learner we must seek knowledge and truth. The great thing about living today is the access to information via the web, video and books. Learn everything you can from speakers, teachers, bloggers and thought leaders. This information can challenge our thinking and our behavior.

3. Take Risks

We learn a ton from life experience. We don’t learn from doing the same old things day in and day out. Take some risks, change things up and see what you learn. Even do someone else’s job for a week … anything to bring you new life experiences. This can also be lots of fun.

About the Author

Doug Franklin

Doug Franklin is the president of LeaderTreks, an innovative leadership development organization focusing on students and youth workers. Doug and his wife, Angie, live in West Chicago, Illinois. They don’t have any kids, but they have 2 dogs that think they are children. Diesel and Penelope are Weimaraners  who never leave their side. Doug grew up in…  Read More