Mouth Shut, Ears Open

I’ve heard it said that the brain’s ability to learn new things starts to recede at 40. At 41, I find that particularly worrisome. Having brushed up many a time against fifty- to sixty-plus-year-old industry stalwarts and their dogma, that statement certainly appears to be true. Maybe staying in one place and for too long a time doesn’t do one any good, especially if you’ve no inclination to grow both as a professional and as a person. Which is why I skirt outside my comfort zone, just so that I can be open to other perspectives, to exploring approaches untried. Instead of being the man with the answers, be the student who has something to learn, each day, every day. Mouth shut, ears open.

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