“When you’re through learning you’re through”

Always Keep Learning

Always Keep Learning

Stop and think about it for a moment.  “When you’re through learning you’re through.”  Isn’t that true?  I mean think about it for a moment.  The minute you stop learning, the minute you stop growing, the minute you stop obtaining more knowledge and understanding, you’re through.  You are making a conscious decision that this is the most I will know.  You are making a choice that this is the best you will ever get.  Once you make that decision your personal and professional future begins to plateau and often decline.  How is that possible?  Well let me explain it to you this way.

Imagine a Doctor saying “I am through learning, any new medicine or modern techniques; I don’t care to know about.”  What is going to happen for that Doctor?  Other doctors will begin to become greater in their field, they will know more and as a result be more effective. They will have a better chance of healing the sick, bringing relief to the hurting and possibly even saving lives.  They will have this chance because they have continued to learn.  The Doctor who chooses not to grow and learn will be left behind and ultimately he will suffer, his business will suffer and so will his patients, all because he did not heed to the powerful truth that says “when you’re through learning you’re through.”

Whether you are a Doctor, Salesperson, Accountant, Public servant, Pastor or Business owner the same is true for you “when you’re through learning you’re through.”  Your personal and professional life will begin a plateau and even a decline.  So how can you avoid this horrible pattern?  Here are some things that you can do that will keep you moving forward:

1)  Commit to grow
This is simply a choice that you must make.  “I WILL GROW.”  I will do whatever it takes to keep myself growing and learning every single day of my life.  Make this choice right now.  If you don’t chose to move forward with growth then you are ultimately making a choice to move backwards in your life.

2)  Create a growth plan
Don’t make a choice to grow without a plan.  I often ask people “do you have a growth plan?” and they usually answer “no.”  If they don’t have a plan to get somewhere then how will they ever get there?  You need to create a plan for growth.  Here are some things you can do:
• Read books – Find books that will help you grow as a leader and as a person.  Commit to reading one book a month.  Imagine the difference that will make over a year.
• Attend seminars – Find some conferences and seminars that will inspire and challenge you.  Sometimes these events can become costly but if you look hard enough you can keep the cost down.  These types of events have a way of keeping you motivated and on track with your plans for growth.
• Audio learning – There are so many great teachings on audio.  Imagine if you listened to teaching and training during your drive time, you could learn and grow so much just by changing what you listen to in the car.

3)  Use every available resource to grow
There are so many resources out there that can help you grow and they don’t cost anything.  Even this teaching that you are reading right now This blog and others like it are free.  You don’t have to pay for them and yet you and your key leaders can grow as a result.  There are numerous resources that are available to you through the internet that can help you grow.  Use these resources, use every resource and watch yourself grow. 

4)  Help someone else grow
Zig Ziglar once said “If you help enough people be successful you will never lack success for yourself.”  In other words, help other people grow and somehow you grow yourself.  How can you help others grow?  Give them materials that will make them better than they are.  Forward a link to this blog to 10 friends and colleagues and let them know that you want to help them grow.   Give them audio teachings, send them articles, and pay for them to go to a seminar.  If you will help others grow you will never lack growth yourself.

Until next time,

Chris Sonksen


“Today is the tomorrow that you said yesterday you would get it done.”


About Chris Sonksen

Chris Sonksen is the founder and Lead Pastor of South Hills Church and has an exceptional ability to inspire both secular and non-secular audiences. Under his leadership, South Hills has experienced phenomenal growth and in just a few short years has grown from a handful of people to nearly 3000 in attendance today. Today South Hills has become a thriving, multi-service and multi-site church. Chris has a magnetic, captivating and humorous style for motivating and inspiring all audiences. As a motivational speaker, he has spoken both nationally and internationally in companies such as Verizon, Securitas and Home Depot, and there is no doubt that by applying his teachings, his audience will improve the quality of their lives! Chris is the author of two books In Search of Higher Ground and Handshake. Chris is the founder of Celera Church Strategy Group an organization with an unwavering commitment to excellence in all things, with the goal to “raise the national average of church attendance,” by equipping church leaders with resources and coaching. Chris brings high-energy focus and a passion for vision and leadership to encourage and equip the local Church. Chris is a native Californian, born in Long Beach and currently resides in Corona with his wife, Laura and their two children, Grace and Aidan.

Posted on October 8, 2009, in Habits, Leadership, Personal Growth and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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