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5 Reasons The Sponge Mentality Will Help You Succeed

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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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How Your Friends Determine Whether You Succeed or Not

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Can anyone do without having friends? We all have our friends, we share ideas with them, talk together, have fun, and fight. Yes, that’s the baseline of friendship. But, do you know that aside from you, your friends can determine whether you achieve success or not?

There are two things in friendship which are the ability to ”love” and the ability to “influence”. This means you are loved and you are influenced. How do your friends affect your success in life? How are they one of the biggest deciding factors of your success? Let’s find out.

What type of friends do you keep? 

First, what type of friends do you keep? Who do you call your best friend? There are two different kinds of friends, good friends, and bad ones. A lot of people have lost their pathway to success and some have also found their road to success all because of the friends they keep, the people they mingle with. 

Who is your best friend? Answer carefully. Having a best friend means you find each other compatible and understanding. Analyze who your best friend is. If your best friend has not motivated you to do something positive, if who you call your bestie has never given you positive advice, lastly if your best friend has never informed and advised you on your shortcomings, then you don’t have a best friend.

This quote tells us “birds of the same feather flock together”. Countless people have changed from their good nature into a bad one all because of friends. One thing to note is, “negative people move with negative aura”. If your best friend is filled with negativity inside-out then you will surely be affected by his/her negative aura.

They influence your success with positivity or negativity 

The friends you keep can either influence you with positivity or negativity because your friends have the power to change your kind of person completely. 

This is how your friends influence you:

  1. They influence you indirectly with what they do
  2. They influence you directly by teaching and giving you advice 

Yes, that is how they influence you. For instance, you watch a movie and you like the way the actor walks. The question is if you truly like the way the actor walks, won’t you try to imitate the actor? Of course, you will.

Just the way you imitate the actor is the same way your friends can influence you with their character. However, the funny part is, they don’t have to teach you to do things like them. You just find yourself imitating and copying them gradually.

An important question to ask is, are you imitating a good friend or a bad one? If you imitate a good friend then you will be good, but if you imitate a bad person, you will surely become a bad person.

Everyone wants to succeed, a good friend will always teach, enlighten, and motivate you for success. A bad friend will only motivate you to do evil things (smoking, drinking, fight, envy,).

And you should know that things like that are a great enemy of success and even of God. So, if you have these bad elements in your life, how will you achieve success? There is no way!

And also, they can teach and advise you directly. But, what do your friends teach you? When you ask them for advice do they inspire you positively or teach you the bad stuff.? A lot of people have regretted lifelong decisions just by listening to the advice of friends. 

The company you keep has the power to influence and change you. Never forget that a positive influence will teach, motivate, and brush you up for success. While a negative influence will inspire you to become a bad person, change your good nature, and leave you with regrets in the end.

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The 3 Step Process to Building a Profitable Pitch

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As a communication coach, one of the top questions entrepreneurs ask me is how to deliver a winning pitch to potential investors. They want to know if there’s a magic formula to get an investor to say yes and buy into their dream and their business. (more…)

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The 4 Pillars of Wealth and Abundance

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Have you ever wondered what the formula for a wealthy and abundant life is? Many people have. Lots has been written about the subject of wealth creation and living an abundant life. It was a breaking point in my journey and pursuit of success when I found out that there is a clear path to achieve success in life. Thanks to those who have shared their journey, we can clearly see and follow the principles of prosperity. (more…)

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Here Are 4 Reasons Why You Should Have a Podcast, Youtube Channel or Online Show

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Confidence comes from a place of strong understanding of self. After close to three years on radio, I’ve grown from a shy introvert to a shy introvert with an extrovert persona. When the mic is turned on, I can channel a version of myself that some say is attractive, strong, and of course, confident but it wasn’t always this way.

What I want to share with you is what I discovered on this journey into broadcast that you can apply to your life, your ventures, and your personal development. This doesn’t require any fancy gear. It does require a leap of faith on your part because once you go down the road of media; it can change your life.

1. Perceived Expertise

When you go to a doctor, you expect their knowledge will guide them to a solution to your problems. When you have a show, you become your listeners’ doctor. For all the multiple thousands, maybe millions, of YouTube channels, podcasts, and user-created content in the world, each person that gets behind a mic takes a position on their passion, their opinions, and their themes.

They challenge the status quo for the benefit of their listeners in hopes to entertain and educate. With consistency on your side, those fans place you on a platform and give you permission to influence them.

2. Global Acknowledgement

One of the benefits to increasing confidence is when you receive thank you notes from people you may never meet. The feeling of enriching someone’s life from halfway around the globe, provides validation you’re enhancing someone else’s life with your wisdom and your wit.

The very first time I was told I was making a difference in someone’s life in a country other than my own, I felt like I caused massive impact that transcends my circle of influence. When you experience just how much you can cause impact and it comes back to you, it’ll change your worldview.

“Be grateful for what you have and stop complaining – it bores everybody else, does you no good, and doesn’t solve any problems.” – Zig Ziglar

3. Backed By Numbers

One of the most exciting ways to measure success is to quantify your growth. It’s not enough to just broadcast. Having subscribers and downloads helps to know, numerically, how well you’re doing. Word of caution. This can be a way to set yourself up for distress because of number envy but if you understand what the numbers mean; you can control the narrative of the numbers.

The major number that makes most people smile is 10,000. I’d advise it to be 1. Here’s why. As you grow in your industry, so does your reach. If you learned that the one person that subscribed totally changed for the better because of you, wouldn’t that be worth the effort?

4. Effective Communication

While it’s not talked about much, having a show is documentation. You create a dynamic account of your life, your industry, and the pulse on what’s important simply by having a show. When you find a channel to improve your communication skills, you demand attention and people will listen to you. You become more trusted as a leader and people will follow you once they believe you can lead them to their wants and needs.

“To effectively communicate, we must realize that we are all different in the way we perceive the world and use this understanding as a guide to our communication with others.” – Tony Robbins

These insights have helped many people become leaders and, ultimately, move others to their best selves. It’s worked for me and I hope it works for you. At the end of the day, it’s all about showing up and showing out.

Have you ever thought about having a radio show? If so, what would you talk about? Let us below!

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