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Choose to Learn

By: Joelle K. Jay, PhD
Posted: July 27, 2012, from the August 2012 issue of Skin Inc. magazine.

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Try this simple exercise to sharpen your approach to learning.

  • Think about your vision or an important goal.
  • Brainstorm—what do you need to learn in order to achieve this vision or goal?
  • Choose one area in which to focus your learning, and choose the one that is likely to have the biggest impact.
  • Ask yourself: “What’s the most powerful way I can learn in this area to get the best and fastest results?”

This approach will steer you away from learning by chance and help you choose your learning, so it’s more strategic and leads directly to your vision. If you really want to lead well and live well, you must learn to learn well, too.

Joelle K. Jay, PhD, is an executive coach specializing in leadership development and the author of The Inner Edge: The 10 Practices of Personal Leadership (Praeger, 2009), which shows leaders how to improve their effectiveness by learning to lead themselves. Her newsletter, Inner Edge Insights, offers articles, exercises, tips, quotes, and success stories from real leaders to help you excel. She can be contacted at