You get out of something what you put into it.

I'm a lifelong learner. Ask my wife, I've got a hundred hobbies, talents, and books that I read just enough to get the gist of a new subject or idea (its really only about 70 pages). As I kid, school came naturally to me. I hardly ever brought homework home as I maximized my time in the classroom to keep my evenings free.

Why?

Besides the obvious things a kid is anxious to do outside of school, I always had bigger things to do and learn. For years I watched over my dad's shoulder after he left the Navy and settled into the world of computers. Although just a salesman, he was always bringing home new hardware to play with. My experience growing up as a kid in the 90s was learning DOS, tearing apart PCs, and learning every tweak and trick I could get my hands on.

I built treehouses with friends (and killed a couple trees in the process). I poured over the news with a bowl of cereal every morning. I was a political junkie by 9th grade!

I figured out I was not only good at learning - I loved it!

At the time, I never would have thought I was learning to learn - I just found what interested me and I pursued it!

As a big kid now in a grownup world, I'm still learning. And I'm finding that this attitude of learning may be a person's biggest asset. One's drive to learn ways to improve his skills and shape his character may not be an easy line on a resume, but it is a mentality that everyone who wants to succeed should consider carefully.

A roofing company has taken this idea so seriously, that they require every employee to participate in a book club. Not on roofing techniques or even construction trends - Think Roofing asks their staff to read and discuss books on self improvement, communication, and business. Instead of relying upon the few who "lead" the company, they seek to tap into their employees to drive innovation, improve customer satisfaction, and build their company.

The simple answer is that education is the foundation of our success. Think Contracting is a humble company. We believe that we will always have room for improvement. We were faced with a choice – we could sit idly by and learn from our own mistakes, or we could learn from other’s mistakes and triumphs. The choice was obvious for us.

Is he crazy or is this genius? In a world where production and efficiency are maximized, do we overlook the potential of our own employees to build our companies alongside us?

Whatever your thoughts, I'm not finished learning yet.

Read the whole article: A Roofer's Book Club by Bo Hamby

Comments

  • Posted On February 28, 2013 by Bo Hamby

    Thanks for mentioning our article. It seems to hit home with overachievers who are not satisfied with the status quo and are always striving for improvement in all aspects of their life. I’m guessing I’m describing you Harry.

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