At Corus360, the employee population is about 40% millennials. In the five years that I’ve worked here, I’ve had the opportunity to experience the impact of “reverse mentoring.” Our millennials have taught me to use social media and other online resources, and one of the results of that is that I’m now a podcast junkie.
My first podcast experience was with a murder mystery called “Up and Vanished,” which was the intriguing story of the murder of a 30-year-old schoolteacher that occurred almost fourteen years ago. An arrest has since been made and the alleged killer is awaiting trial. The details of the story sucked me into it and I was excited to listen to each episode.
Since then, several of my colleagues have told me about different technology and leadership podcasts and, being one who likes to constantly learn new things and improve myself, I was drawn to podcasts with that kind of content. After listening to one of these podcasts, I find myself asking whether there’s something I’ve learned from it that I could apply to my life to receive a benefit.
I find that morning and evening “drive time” is the perfect for listening to podcasts; they quickly replaced my usual radio news in the morning and music in the evenings. Now I feel productive during the times of the day when I had felt least productive before.
One of the podcasts I was told about and have begun listening to is Kwik Brain by Jim Kwik. They’re bite-sized podcasts about how to improve brain function. This week, there was a particularly interesting one about how to turn knowledge into power. The key point of the podcast was that when we learn something new, we need to ask, “how can I use this?” Next, we need to answer, “why must I must I use this?” Finally, we must ask, “when will I use this?”
What this made me realize is that the best habits I’ve formed over the years have been a result of me unconsciously using these three questions before starting them. Exercise is a good example. I’ve been a life-long athlete. I knew the benefits of exercise and, having a history of heart disease in my family, I looked for preventive measures and found out about the cardiovascular benefits of running. I became an avid runner, and that habit continues today.
After listening to this week’s Kwik Brain podcast, I realized how all of my “good” habits have been formed the same way. First, I hear or learn about an idea I like the sound of. If I decide that the idea is a good fit for me, I think about why I need to make it a part of my routine. Once I’ve done that, I make a commitment about when and how I’ll do it.
The podcast went on to equate these three questions to Head, Heart, and Hands. When we learn something, we put it in our heads. When we we decide to do something with what we’ve learned, it finds its way into our heart, and when we take action, we do it with our hands. That sounds so simple, but it’s true.
My dad used to say, “you can do anything you set your mind to do.” I’m pretty sure he was also implying that I needed to put my heart into it and my hands to work doing it.
Thank you, Jim Kwik, for this great refresher and reminder of an important lesson my dad taught me when I was growing up.