What’s the worst decision you have ever made?
For me, it was probably not to go to University when I left school. Coming out of a convent boarding school I just wanted to get started in the world of work, and I resisted all the advice to continue my education.
Of course, many years later I recognised that my decision was probably not the best I had ever made, and discovered that I was passionate about learning, reading, and research. I told my fellow students that it had just taken me a whole lot longer than them to grow up!
Along the way, though, I gained a whole lot of experience and career growth that I would not have missed for the world.
And I’m still learning. If there is one piece of advice I could give to people, it is that it is never too late to learn, to start a course, to gain a qualification.
And READ! It gives me such pleasure to see my 7 year old grandson engrossed in a book. The book that I am reading this week is Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi’s “Flow” – all about how to achieve happiness. Don’t ask me how to pronounce his name!
But of course, there are now so many more ways to learn – the internet is filled with wonderful sites that can expand our horizons, our learning, our insights. I found a new one today:
It’s filled with short videos devoted to “ideas worth spreading”. And it’s not for profit.