The Secret Value of 60 Minutes (and How It Can Change Your Life) [2015]

After graduation most people plateau in their learning, some even decline! The problem is that we get busy doing work and lose track of learning. While we grow from our experiences as we work, we should focus on growing faster than experience can teach us, and we need to do it with purpose. 60 minutes of your time is really valuable, but the return you get from it depends on where you invest it.

There Are Two Types of People

  • The “Live and learn” type
    • They stop thinking about growing after graduation, only learn from the school of hard knocks, and lack a direction for learning.
  • The “Lifelong learning” type
    • They think with an open mind, learn from other’s mistakes, and have a plan for their growth.

So which are you? Surprisingly, most people don’t think about this, but it isn’t their fault – no one ever told them they should! But I’m telling you now.

“Growth doesn’t just happen.” – John C. Maxwell

Last year I read The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth by John C. Maxwell. The first chapter explains “Growth doesn’t just happen”. A challenge in that chapter changed my life, and it will do the same for you if you’re willing to accept the challenge.

The Secret Value of 60 Minutes ~ The Challenge

Here is your challenge: Schedule 60 minutes a day, 5 days a week, to learn about something you want to grow in – and do it for an entire month.

Get up an hour earlier, stay up an hour later, give up your lunch hour, skip a TV show, whatever you have to do, do it. If you want to be a better writer, write an hour. A better runner, run an hour. A better parent, read about parenting. Whatever subject interests you – start learning about it and practicing it TODAY.

You Can Have Excuses or Results, Not Both

The challenge might seem daunting, but the results will dramatically change the way you see personal growth. For all of us there is a gap, filled with excuses, between where we are now and where we want to be. Here are some common excuses:

  • I grow from experience
    • That’s like saying “I’ll get in shape without changing my routine”. You have to make time for it if you want to grow at even an average pace.
  • I don’t know how to grow
  • It’s not the right time to begin
    • Similar to “I’ll invest in retirement later.” Everyone knows you should invest early, the same goes for personal growth.
  • I’m afraid of making mistakes
    • The fastest way to grow is to fail fast and fail often. View failures as learning one more way something doesn’t work – not as a dramatic tragedy.
  • I have to find the best way before I start
    • Ever have a problem with an app on your phone? Developers don’t waste time perfecting them before selling them – they work out the minor bugs after launch, and so should you!
  • I don’t feel like it
    •  Harvard psychologist Jerome Bruner said “You’re more likely to act yourself into feeling than feel yourself into action.” Motivation comes from action. Move, and you will find energy.
  • Others are better than I am
    • There will always be a bigger fish in the pond, or a bigger pond; accept that and learn from the successes and failures of the bigger fish.
  • I thought it would be easier than this
    • There aren’t many things in life that are easy and worth it; success comes from hard work and perseverance – grit your teeth and push through.

You probably won’t feel like doing it today, but do it anyway. Put in the first hour before bed tonight. Don’t look at the month, look at one day at a time. 60 minutes is a small investment to change your future, wouldn’t you agree?

“A time comes when you need to stop waiting for the man you want to become and start being the man you want to be.” – Bruce Springsteen

The Question for You

What subject area do you want to learn and grow in? Leave a comment below or on Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn.

*The ideas in this post are directly from John Maxwell’s Book The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth – I can’t take credit for any of them, only for sharing them 🙂

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8 thoughts on “The Secret Value of 60 Minutes (and How It Can Change Your Life) [2015]

  1. I’ve always thought of myself as a lifelong learner, but I like how intentional it becomes when you commit 60 minutes a day to a particular subject. I have so many things that I’d love to learn more about, but I think I’ll try starting with public school finances and budgeting.

    • That’s great Jamie! When I started last year, I was only 2 weeks in and I stumbled onto what I REALLY loved, so I shifted gears and spent the next months on that – and the results were amazing! It’s why I started my blog 🙂 Maxwell actually challenges you to do it for a WHOLE YEAR! Let me know how it goes this month, I’m always looking for stories to share.

  2. Great article, Kyle!

    I have a whole list of biographies I’ve been trying to work through to build perspective and become a better person (i.e. Nelson Mandela, Gandhi, Churchill etc.). I was doing a great job of reading every night before bed but I fell of the bandwagon… Time to get back to it!

      • No area in particular, I like to think I’m a pretty good person already 🙂

        It’s inspiring to read about these great historical figures and understand how they’ve brought about real change in the world… It puts the everyday trivial challenges of our lives in perspective. The thing that becomes so clear is that these seemingly larger than life figures use pretty simple life philosophies to impact people in a way that makes the world a better place. Why can’t we all do the same?

        • It’s amazing how people like Ghandi and Christ lived such simple lives, but left such an incredible impression in history! There is much to learn from the stories of their lives. And I KNOW you’re a good person 🙂

  3. I would like to learn more about the bible! More about sales and personal growth! More about wisdom! More about handling situations with an appreciative aspect! Break dancing! Lol no not break dancing but just ways to be a better man. There may always be a better man than me in some aspect but no one can be better at being me than me and I want to be the best most patient faithful man I can be. Thanks Kyle

    • That’s inspiring Mark! Can you pick one area to focus on this week? Start simple and stay focused. And thanks for the reminder about “no one can be better at being me than me” ! Love it!