Learning is an interesting concept and most times we feel like we have to be specifically taught something before we have learnt it.
This year I have found out that I am constantly learning and that’s the best way to live.
I worked as a charity fundraiser this summer and it was my job to walk up to people’s houses, knock on their doors , pitch my charity to them and eventually convince them to sign up and make a monthly contribution.
This job was totally out of my comfort zone and upon reflection I could have probably handled that better, but like I said its all a learning process.
So here is a list of things my job taught me:
- The importance of a smile. People feed off your energy, when someone opened the door and I was monotone and not smiling they replied in a monotone and often dismissive manner, but if I was smiling and laughing, even if they didn’t sign up we often had a good conversation.
- I learnt that to succeed I need to do something I enjoy.
- I learnt that compromising for a short time can lead to long-term benefits
- I learnt that I do not work well under pressure and even if its being put on me I need to ignore it. Sometimes pressure is inevitable, in this job we had weekly targets. However it was the weeks that I didn’t pay any attention to the targets that I was most successful.
- I learnt that being open-minded will take you far. There is a whole world out there, a whole world outside of you and it doesn’t take much to explore it.
- I learnt that I can do anything I set my mind to.
- I learnt to look for the silver lining in every situation.
- People only hear what they want to hear. It is important you make them hear you.
I would love to hear about your most recent learning experience?