I love learning. In a lot of ways, I view it as the secret to my success. I'm always striving to learn something new.
It isn't always easy. I'm 40 years old, and I've had the same career since I was 14 years old. Like anyone, I can get set in my ways, but I'm always trying to make myself better, and smarter. Not just a better student, not just book smart, but even spiritually and emotionally smart.
I love my career. I started working as a professional stagehand when I was 14 years old, and I've never looked back. I love the life, the jobs, the art, and the people. In order to get ahead and stay ahead, I've had to get good at constantly learning and evolving with my industry. I have books on lighting and electricity, live sound mixing, rigging, and general stagecraft.
As I've gotten older, my career has evolved. When I started, computers were barely used in the theater. Most things were operated manually. As computers evolved, so did my industry. Now computers are involved in everything I do. On a typical day, I use at least 5 of my own computers. When I go to work, I bring 2 laptops, a tablet, a cell phone, a laser range finder, color meter, and smart watch; and those are just my personal devices. Even with all of that, I had become merely computer dependent, not computer savvy. I knew how to use computers on a very basic level, but not how to truly operate them. So, I'm going back to school again.
As I've gotten older, I've also learned how connected the world can be. A friend from Ukraine told me a joke one time. A person who speaks 2 languages is bi-lingual, a person who speaks 3 languages is tri-lingual, a person who speaks 1 language is American. I want to be more, so I'm back to learning Spanish.
Being a good person isn't just something you do, it's something you always work at. I grew up in a very conservative christian household. My parents were loving, but something just didn't sit right with me. After a lot of searching, I found that Buddhism (more or less) works for me. So I work at it. I read, and I study. I meditate and think. I work to be better than I am. It may not be for everybody, but it works for me.
Urban Fantasy books about shapeshifters and vampires may not seem like personal growth, but they are. I love my wife, and I love my family, but anyone can let the wrong things get in the way. For me, it is my career. I am something of a workaholic. If I don't make an effort, if I don't work at staying grounded in my family, I get wrapped up in my work. My wife and I found that reading together can help us both stay grounded in our relationship. It doesn't have to be anything fancy, simple usually works best. We read things that we can casually enjoy, and easily discuss. It gives us something to always come back to, and that helps me be a better husband and father.
I recommend that everyone has something they can have to help tem focus on growing and becoming better. For me that is my books, and my education.