Take a moment, imagine you are writing your résumé and deciding which adjectives you would use. What words describe who you are? Which labels would you want your potential supervisor to make when they make their hiring decision?
One descriptor I would choose for myself is, life-long learner. Lifelong learning is defined as “all learning activity undertaken throughout life, with the aim of improving knowledge, skills and competences within a personal, civic, social and/or employment-related perspective” (emerging technologies).
I haven’t always been an excellent student. Many times while I was in high school I dreaded going to school and could remember spending time daydreaming about getting to the dojo. I didn’t take high school as seriously as I should have, and I look back wishing that I had. Sometime during my first enlistment in the military, I realized the importance of education. I became aware that the constant badgering by my parents, teachers, and mentors regarding the importance of education was a missed opportunity. It did not seem consequential at the time, but I was lucky. I did well enough to enlist, but for many, that was not an option. Fortunately for me, all was not lost, and my excitement for learning grew. I became a life-long learner.
Why am I writing about this? I’m sharing because I am a convert. I want to be the next disciple to badger our youth; to harass you about the importance of education and the continued quest for mastery. As the maxim says, knowledge is power, and I want you to be powerful! I want you to exceed your wildest dreams and reach for the stars. I wish you the revelation that I had when I was in the Navy. Don’t ever stop learning…
The Ultimate Black Belt Test 2018 asks that we attain mastery within our selves. To bring our study out from our respective dojos and into the world. I am doing this by making a portion of my test the continued pursuit of mastery in my education, and as I get close to finishing my first semester in my graduate certificate study and hopeful transition to a Ph.D. in public policy. I am optimistic that what I am learning now will benefit the students I will soon have in my new Martial Arts & Leadership School; Emerge– the Art of Leadership.