By: Adrian Pantonial
“An intelligent person is always eager to take in more truth; fools feed on fast-food fads and fancies.”-Proverbs 15:4 (The Message – Bible)
Most of our life choices are molded by our education and experiences. When we were kids, we didn’t have much choice as to which schools our parents put us through. Now that we’re older and more experienced, we know what is good and bad, what will help us and what will not. We now can choose our teachers, our education and experiences.
My former church mentor taught us to pick brains of great people all over the world by reading books—a habit which I maintain until now.
I read widely everyday–mostly non-fiction books–not only for my benefit but also for those whom I encounter everyday: my family, friends, co-workers and my Victory Group which I mentor weekly. With them I share practical wisdom that does not necessarily come from my own education and experiences.
Online Learning: Age of Free Education
The internet has ushered in an age of free education (along with it, a lot of crap and misinformation). We live in a time wherein we don’t have to go to school and pay for education. We can learn from global experts without living the comfort of our homes, offices, or preferred place to surf online.
Let’s take advantage of these online educational resources but also be both diligent and discerning as we go about our daily learning. We can do that by frequently visiting websites of our favorite topics that help us pursue our goals of personal growth, success and significance.
Subscribe Then Un-subscribe If You Want
To take our online learning to the next level, we can also subscribe to blogs of our chosen mentors. Unlike in schools wherein you have to finish a year or two to make the most of your learning, you can easily un-subscribe to your online teachers’ blogs if you feel that they’re no longer helping you achieve your objectives.
Here are my five best online teachers (with a brief introduction from their website), whose blogs I am subscribed to. I hyperlinked them so you can subscribe there if you want to…
- John Maxwell – is a leadership expert/speaker/author who has sold over 13 million books. His organizations have trained 2 million leaders worldwide.
- Jeremie Kubicek – is President and CEO of GiANT Impact, a global leadership company. Jeremie uses his creative entrepreneurial vision to encourage leaders to build extraordinary new ventures. Today, his company develops some of the most influential concepts in America, including the Chick-fil-A Leadercast and the Catalyst brand.
- Michael Hyatt – the Chairman of Thomas Nelson Publishers, the largest Christian publishing company in the world and the seventh largest trade book publishing company in the U.S.
- Brian Tracy – Chairman and CEO of Brian Tracy International, a company specializing in the training and development of individuals and organizations.
- Max Lucado – loves words – written, spoken – it does not matter. He loves to craft sentences that are memorable, inspiring and hopefully life-changing. In almost 25 years of writing, more than 100 million products—80 million books—filled with his words have been sold.
Let us choose our teachers well because they powerfully influence our thought patterns which eventually affect our destiny.
“Watch your thoughts, for they become words. Watch your words, for they become actions. Watch your actions, for they become habits. Watch your habits, for they become character. Watch your character, for it becomes your destiny.”
Who are your favorite virtual teachers? Maybe I can learn from them too.