Live as if you wereto die tomorrow.
Learn as if you were to live forever.
Benjamin Franklin

Effective dreamers are learners.

They never cease to be in search of knowledge and experiences that will make them more effective in their chosen field. They wholeheartedly believe the saying made famous by the great Albert Einstein, “We cannot solve our problems with the same level of thinking that created them.”

Effective dreamers understand the importance of personal growth and development, and in my experiences, four distinct ways of development have had a tremendous impact on my life:

1. Development through MEDIA

Learn everything you can, anytime you can, from anyone you can – there will always come a time when you will be grateful you did.
– Sarah Caldwell.

Learned knowledge. This type of knowledge is consumed is a variety of ways:

  • Books/Audio Books
  • Instructional DVD’S/Videos
  • Blogs/Video Blogs
  • Seminars/Workshops
  • Conferences/Events
  • Formal Schooling

Development through these various forms is powerful and is many times responsible for the foundational ideas that will drive an effective dreamer for the rest of their life.

2. Development through ACTIVITY

I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it. – Pablo Picasso

Activity knowledge. This type of development and growth comes from doing, taking action and trial and error. What can be learned in theory through learned knowledge is made real through activity knowledge.  Also known as “on the job training,” activity knowledge, though many times difficult, can also be the most impactful.

3. Development through PEOPLE

Learning would be exceedingly laborious, not to mention hazardous, if people had to rely solely on the effects of their own actions to inform them what to do. Fortunately, most human behavior is learned observationally through modeling: from observing others one forms an idea of how new behaviors are performed, and on later occasions this coded information serves as a guide for action. – Albert Bandura

Modeling knowledge. This type of learning saves the effective dreamer time, energy and money. Taking both the successes and failures of those who are seeing their dreams to fruition and learning from them aids the effective dreamer to, in the end, go further, faster.

4. Development through SHARING

We Learn: 10% of what we read, 20% of what we hear, 30% of what we see, 50% of what we see and hear, 70% of what we discuss, 80% of what we experience and 95% of what we teach others. – William Glasser

Teaching knowledge. Effective dreamers share their experiences, lessons and realizations with an understanding that in doing so, they will better learn and understand them themselves. There is no getting around it, what we teach, we learn.

Effective dreamers fully realize that they are a work in progress. Their growth which ultimately comes as a result of a mixture of media, activity, people  and sharing ends up acting as “maps” that they use to direct them to their destination of a dream fulfilled.