There’s an old proverb that’s states, “Like a dog that returns to his vomit is a fool who repeats his folly.” ~ Proverbs 26:11 But what if we could better prepare ourselves to stay away from folly all together and learn from those further down the journey of life?
Adam Donyes is the Founder and Director of the Kanakuk Link Year – a special learning process for high school graduates that prepares them for college. He lives in Branson, Missouri with his wife and dog. Over the past twelve months Donyes has been polling fifteen different men.
The list of men includes President’s of Nationally known Ministries and Corporations, Authors of best-selling books, CEOs, CFOs, a Division 1 basketball coach, and even a man listed on the Forbes 400. In an effort to learn and grow from their experiences he’s been asking them one question:
What do you wish you knew then that you know now?
He received 45 nuggets of wisdom and narrowed it down to 15. From that list I want to share the top ten that really struck a chord with me. If you have a nugget of your own that you would add to this list leave me a comment.
- The most important person you can lead is yourself.
- Nothing is more valuable than relationships.
- Maximize the moments with your children.
- Listen—you will never find the pulse of your family or organization if you don’t learn to listen.
- Worrying is temporary atheism. Rid yourself of worry.
- Spend time reading and receiving the Truth every morning, because the world will only lie to you the rest of the day.
- Saying “I’m sorry,” when spoken from a genuine heart, has great healing power.
- Character should always trump talent.
- Retreat and Rest—if ships don’t come back to the harbor, they’ll eventually sink.
- Don’t stop learning—you’re not as smart as you think. make the most of this day!