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5 Reasons The Sponge Mentality Will Help You Succeed



Our minds are sponges and knowledge is the water that it absorbs. The sponge mentality is an idea that I continuously preach and it is the sagacious mindset that allows you to extract practical knowledge from people and experiences you encounter in your daily life.As humans, if we focus on what the world around us is presenting, we will realize that there is gold (knowledge) to be acquired from everyone and everything we come in contact with.

With that said, here are five reasons that the sponge mentality is an important trait to develop:

1. Knowledge is in abundance; develop a thirst

One thing you can never have enough of and never will have enough of is knowledge. Knowledge is infinite and a thirst for it will aid your sponge tremendously. You will start to notice that the more knowledge you obtain, the more you realize you do not know and that will ultimately spark your thirst for more. In the great words of Socrates, “To know, is to know you know nothing. That is the meaning of true knowledge.” Be aware that there is knowledge all around you waiting to be discovered.

“What you seek is seeking you” – Rumi

2. Everyone knows something you don’t

The first thing you need to do is quickly form the mindset that everyone knows something that you do not. After you realize that, your job is to extract whatever useful knowledge that can benefit you. Get in the habit of asking one thought-provoking question to people you meet throughout the day and you will be amazed at where the conversation takes you. Always look for the underlying messages within conversations. They might just hold new nuggets of information that could change the way you live life.


3. It raises your curiosity level

Once you begin developing the sponge mentality, you will instantly become more interested in the people and things around you. Forget the old adage “curiosity killed the cat.” Be attentive, don’t ever allow yourself to walk into a room without looking around the confines to see what knowledge there is to offer. If you are in a science lab look at the periodic table and learn about a new element.

If you are in a math class look at the board and try solving the problem left behind. By being attentive and aware of your surroundings, you will spark and increase your curiosity level. Thus, your sponge mentality will evolve, opening your mind to new ideas and people.


4. Makes you a better listener

Listening and the sponge mentality go hand and hand. By opening your ears and tuning into what people are saying, you might learn something that will instantly increase your knowledge. The idea is always to be present in the moment. Listening is an important characterize to have, however, it is one that takes time and effort to improve.

I suggest that you find what you are interested in, and when someone talks about it, pay closer attention, in another word, listen.  As you do this, your curiosity level will increase, as well as your ability to listen.  Additionally, you will find that you have acquired added benefit: further comprehension and analysis of the subject. It’s not a coincidence that great leaders are good listeners. Great leaders often use the sponge mentality that they have developed and perfected over time to assist them in leading and motivating others.


5. Helps decipher good ideas from bad ideas

To paraphrase the words of Abraham Lincoln, “I learn from everyone, often times it’s what not to do.” The most important part of the sponge mentality is analysis. Knowledge is in abundance, however, it is up to you to determine if it is useful or not. A rule of thumb – know who is speaking and know when to stop speaking! There are certain people that are going to be able to provide you more value than others; when these people are present, know it’s time to listen and ask questions instead of expressing how knowledgeable you are.

Be discerning! Learn to be able to analyze and obtain the important information and discard the unimportant information. Ask yourself some inventory questions to decipher the importance of what is being said. Is this something of value? Why is it not valuable? How can I gain or add value to what is being said? By doing this, you will be well on your way to gaining the most value from any environment you find yourself in.

“Great minds discuss ideas. Average minds discuss events. Small minds discuss people” – Eleanor Roosevelt

The world is the true classroom, there are good teachers and there are bad teachers and something can be learned from them all. Be aware of this and figure out a way to be an active listener. Knowledge can come from less likely sources as well and the most beneficial sources. Be willing to go the extra mile to acquire knowledge, so you can be two miles of ahead of the pack!

How has the sponge-like mentality worked in your life? Has it helped you succeed?

Kyle Colley is a Junior Political Science major from Denver, Colorado who attends Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia. He is a freelance writer with the passion of inspiring people to manifest their passions and become multicultural. In 2016, Kyle became a co-founder of Read More Co. a forward-thinking company that uses fashion and books to promote the importance of reading. Read More Co. believes that reading intentionally with a goal in mind will lead its followers to success and happiness in any endeavor in their lives. You can find him on Facebook (Kyle Colley) or on Instagram.



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I have seen amazing doors opened, new relationships formed and I am seeing dreams realized in my life. While this seems like the hallmarks of a great year, this has also been the most challenging year of my life. With all of the change happening in my life, I have been forced out of my comfort zone and challenged to grow in every area of my life.

I can truly say that I have made the most of my moments this year and I have used everything as a catalyst for maximizing my greatest potential.

As a revolutionary leader, I have the pleasure of consulting and advising leaders around the world to fulfill purpose, realize their greatest potential and make an impact.

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I am sure that some of you are wondering why I am using the term matrix. However, what you have to understand is that I am trying to make a highly complex spiritual principle practical to understand.

Regardless of your spiritual beliefs, every life has an origin and I believe that origin is divine and begins with eternity. You are birthed from eternity and into time to fulfill a unique purpose and assignment in your lifetime and generation.

The matrix is simply the portal or vehicle that brings something out of the invisible realm and into tangible form. The problem with much of the teaching today is that it excludes the matrix. We are told to believe that success is instantaneous and overnight.

Nobody talks about how a dream progresses through stages beginning with visualization and ultimately culminating in manifestation. Without a matrix or portal then everything that you attempt to birth and build will be illegal.

The matrix not only makes you legal but it gives you the authority and power to function as the greatest expression of who you were created to be. 

Every matrix has an incubation process

While many people admire and respect me today, I remember a time when nobody knew who I was or the significance of my message. How did I get to where I am today? I got here through an incubation process.

In other words, everything that has been destined for your life is incubating and awaiting a set time of manifestation. The problem is that most people live their entire lives idle and never initiate the incubation process.

What do I meany by that? Most people are living reckless and very few people are living intentionally. I am amazed at the number of people I have conversations with that have no vision, goals or strategies for their lives. They show great promise and they have undeniable potential.

However, without development they will die with their dreams still in them.

Everything that has been destined for your life must be incubated and converted to become realities born to time. 

“Visualize this thing that you want, see it, feel it, believe in it. Make your mental blueprint and begin to build.” – Robert Collier

You must give expression to that which is not yet born to time

When you think about a matrix or a prophetic incubation process, you have to understand that potential is often unrealized and untapped. In other words, your potential is in raw form and your potential cannot serve you as long as it is untapped.

The thing that makes me valuable is that I have the ability to convert potential into power. I have done it in my own life and I have empowered leaders around the world to do the same. How do you convert potential into power?

First, it is important to note that you have to perceive potential. If you cannot perceive your potential then you can never cultivate your potential. In addition, you must take the time to cultivate your potential. We often get excited about our capabilities; however, we never expand our capacity in order to realize our greatest potential.

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For another person the expression of potential may look like a screenplay, artwork, sports, scientific discoveries, medical breakthroughs, etc.

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You must manifest your greatness

As a revolutionary thinker and leader, my work has impacted people around the world. I am grateful that my life is a source of empowerment to so many people. However, before anyone could ever benefit from my life, I had to make a non-negotiable decision to become who I was born to be.

I wish I could tell you that this journey is easy and that you will get there overnight. However, in a world that celebrates us for doing we are often criticized for being. As a result, I wasted a lot of time trying to be who other people wanted me to be instead of being who I was born to be.

There is no greatness without becoming and there is no becoming with authenticity. It is through our bravery to be vulnerable that we ultimately manifest our greatness. We do not bless the world by being a duplicate. We bless the world when we honor our difference. When you honor your difference you honor your potential.

Ultimately, your difference is how you manifest your greatness.

When you present anything but your authentic self to the world, you are playing small and you are robbing the world of your significance. Manifesting your greatness requires you to master your gifts.

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