I really can't do much better to introduce this than by giving you a few GEMS of insight from people who have something worth saying:
"Our wisdom comes from our experience, and our experience comes from our foolishness." Sacha Guitry
"Experience is a good school. But the fees are high." Heinrich Heine
"I like to think of my behavior in the sixties as a learning experience. Then again, I like to think of anything stupid I've done as a learning experience. It makes me feel less stupid." P. J. O'Rourke
"There is only one thing more painful than learning from experience, and that is not learning from experience." Laurence J. Peter
I like to learn from books . . . and there is a lot to learn from them.
I enjoy learning from my friends . . . and so much of what I know today, I have learned from others (who by the way, usually read a lot of books, have a lot of experiences and reflect on those experiences).
And then I learn from experience . . . but it usually comes with a price tag. Almost always there is some failure involved. And some pain.
Which is one of the reasons why, when I can, I prefer to learn from the failure and pain of my friends. (Okay, that is whimsical... and a little true as well.)
Being more serious, one of the things I fervently hope is that I can help other leaders learn from my own mistakes and failures, from my own painful experiences.
I think that is what every good parent hopes as well . . . that we can pass on our hard won wisdom to our children - so they don't have to have some of the same painful experiences we have had.
Are there any LIFE EXPERIENCE LESSONS you are being schooled in right now?
Are there some painful experiences you are in the midst of?
What is the lesson that God wants to teach you and what is the gift of growth that God wants you to have in this experience?
What kind of "student" are you, in this classroom of life?
And for some fun . . . enjoy some more quotes . . .
Brian K. Rice
Leadership ConneXtions International