“You can observe a lot just by watching.” – Yogi Berra

I think we can all agree that education is important. That is certainly true, when the source is a reliable school, which conveys facts and truth in order to educate children to become independent citizens, or whether the source is a scout troop, sports team or an institution that teaches morality and right living.

And yet, we know that figures such as Abraham Lincoln, Mark Twain, Irving Berlin,  and William Shakespeare received little or no formal education. How did they do the great things they did? Well, it is likely that they capitalized on a natural ability, by exercising curiosity, great physical and mental energy and the drive it takes to get things done. Thus they were able to teach themselves.

Here’s another look at it. It has been said that one of the best ways to become a good writer is to read. That means that by reading, you can observe the things that good writers do, in contrast to the work of bad writers. This can apply to just about any other endeavor. In professional sports, for example, coaches have the players watch video of past games in order to learn from their successes and failures. They will watch their own plays, as well as the plays of their opponents.

So, it seems that one key to teaching oneself is to be a keen observer. Learn from others. Observe yourself. Observe  the way that people respond to your behavior and attitudes. Observe your way of reacting to other people’s behavior and attitudes.

If you are experiencing problems in relationships, your work life, or in any other area, it may have something to do with a lack of self-knowledge and/or a mistaken idea of how people function and how the world works. 

If you are concerned or troubled, be encouraged. This can change, as long as you are motivated enough and ready to get to work. I stand prepared and more than willing to be of service. If you would like to teach yourself to be a better person, to succeed and to be happy and fulfilled, please feel free to reach out. The number is (219) 309-3928. It would be an honor to be of service!

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Thanks for reading!