Yesterday I met an old friend who had made an important career change. In mid-life she had courageously decided to alter direction and make a fresh, new start.

Understandably, she was apprehensive and more than a little anxious. ‘There’s so much to learn,’ she said. ‘I’m really worried that I won’t be able to learn it all’.

I knew that feeling only too well. There have been times when I, too, have struggled, wondering how in the world I would ever manage to learn what I needed to know.

But learn I did. And learn we do.

I reminded my friend that there was a time when she couldn’t do so many of the things she now takes for granted and does so easily. There was a time when she couldn’t understand those things she now understands. But she took the time to learn, to listen, to think and to challenge herself.

Fear didn’t stop her from learning what she needed to know. She gained her competence anyway.

Human beings – people – are like that.

We are made to acquire skills at every age and at every stage of life, even though some of our learning may not be so easy, especially in the beginning. In one way or another we have to pay for what we know and that so often means leaving our comfort zone and pushing ourselves a little.

If you are not yet where you want or need to be, if you have things to learn and mountains to climb, just remember how far you’ve come.

The strength, the experience, and the lessons of the past – the fact that you’ve already learned so much – have given you all you need to move forward.

Use those lessons now, be just a little courageous, and you will find and learn all you need, and need to know.

'Change is the end result of all true learning.'
– Leo Buscaglia
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