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Every Day Is An Opportunity To Learn Something New

  • May 28, 2009

Every day is not only a gift but as far as I’m concerned, another day filled with plenty of opportunities to learn something new.  When I wake every morning and figure out what I want to do, or shall I say, accomplish that day, in the back of my mind I’m also thinking about what I want to learn on that day.

What I learn gets written in my notebook, things I consider interesting get photographed, and locations geotagged and mapped accordingly.  I use my blog/website to keep it all together and share it with the world.

Not that long ago, I published a book of poetry and sold a handful of copies; enough to make my parents proud, but too few to make a profit.  Poetry is a hard commity to sell; writing, by its very nature is difficult to sell.  My next book is going to likely be non-fiction, that is of course if I ever get around to writing it!

When I write, I do so not in hopes of selling millions of copies and making a fortune, but rather as a labor of love, hoping that my words might one day become a contribution to society; a modern society that is overwhelmed with a constant flow of information of little or no literary value.

It saddens me that every time I read blogs on the Internet, most of the time the authors only write about things that nobody cares about.  All the cutting edge technology is available to just about anyone with access to the Internet and 90% of it is useless crap.  I like to think of myself as (hopefully) being somewhere with in that remaining 10%!

The writing wotld in some ways is like the Internet.  If an author gets their work published and becomes famous or successful from that one piece of work, readers expect that every subsequent piece thereafter will be just as good, if not better than the one before it.  If you are so lucky to have authored three or more successful books, others will look up to you, but as I mentioned earlier, one unsuccessful piece and you’ll be flipping hamburgets at a fast food jount with no chance of ever regaining your acclaimed status.  A pedistal is not an elevator.

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27 Comments on Every Day Is An Opportunity To Learn Something New

  • Sylvia says:
    June 30, 2020 at 5:49 PM

    I wish you the best in your next non-fiction book. I can tell it will be a masterpiece.

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  • Oyeyipo Oladele says:
    June 30, 2020 at 5:49 PM

    We stop learning when we get to the leave this world. This write up is so meaningful.

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  • Storm says:
    June 30, 2020 at 5:48 PM

    I wasn’t aware that you have a poetry book out. I will sure look for it.

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  • Anderson says:
    June 30, 2020 at 5:46 PM

    “When I write, I do so not in hopes of selling millions of copies and making a fortune, but rather as a labor of love.” Those are some of the most beautiful words I have ever read. Thanks so much for this.

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  • Shantel says:
    June 30, 2020 at 5:45 PM

    You have a few publications out. That’s more than I can say for a lot of writers. Keep it up.

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  • Louis says:
    June 30, 2020 at 5:44 PM

    I agree with you on the part about blogs writing about things no one cares about. Most of them are only driven by profits.

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  • Teddy says:
    June 30, 2020 at 4:31 PM

    I wish you all the best in your next publication. I look forward to it 🙂

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  • Daphne says:
    June 30, 2020 at 4:30 PM

    I love the genuine passion you have for writing. You’re not after profits and that’s a good thing.

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  • Oliver says:
    June 30, 2020 at 4:28 PM

    I would really fancy reading your poetry book. I hope you’ll be able to share it some time.

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  • Patricia says:
    June 30, 2020 at 4:27 PM

    I quite like your modus operandi. I think I will incorporate some of your techniques into my life.

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  • Meg W says:
    June 30, 2020 at 4:26 PM

    I strive to learn something new each day. It has worked for me pretty well I must say.

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  • Roy says:
    June 30, 2020 at 4:25 PM

    Our thirs for knowledge and our curiosity is what truly makes us human. We should never let go of it!

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  • Prince says:
    June 30, 2020 at 2:41 PM

    The expectation people have on authors that has made it with few publications is so high that it kills the vibes. Any little flop, that’s just the end, it will take years to come back to fame. It never easy

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  • Danielle M says:
    June 30, 2020 at 11:56 AM

    Great way of thinking Tom, for me every new day is an opportunity to achieve the things, I always take serious the fact that all I had is the present.

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  • Clarissa says:
    June 30, 2020 at 11:27 AM

    Everyday is an opportunity to learn something new and I thank God for it. Learning is a continuous process an unending learning.

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  • David Mureithi says:
    June 30, 2020 at 10:34 AM

    Each day is different from the other. Each one comes with a different experience.

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  • esgyll says:
    June 30, 2020 at 3:19 AM

    Writing, and loving writing – it is easily the bane of many people struggling to do what they can in order for their works to be recognized by a lot of people, and at the same time making them struggle in either staying true to the craft or just doing what they love.

    It is not a one size fits all thing for writers, which also leads to even more confusion and hesitation. Ideally, budding writers should be able to focus on their own brand of writing style, but they could also be easily influenced by and struggle to write like the famous writers they admire. It really isn’t something that could be called as a “balance” that everyone can do. But this is why continuous learning and education is very important. It is something that we should all deem as vital in our continued efforts to better ourselves.

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  • jolly555 says:
    June 30, 2020 at 2:29 AM

    You are right on this, I have started learning how to learn a thing daily. I know it will help me grow

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  • Alex says:
    June 30, 2020 at 12:55 AM

    I agree. Everyday is a chance to learn and do better. As a saying of a certain panda says Today is a gift that is why it is called the present. All that matters is how a person uses this gift to be better.

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  • David Tjoe says:
    June 29, 2020 at 11:37 PM

    Well, certainly every day is an opportunity, a second chance. An opportunity to continue learning to be the best version of yourself.

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  • Saanvi Parmar says:
    June 29, 2020 at 11:19 PM

    Life is all about learning. We need to learn new things in several ways.

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  • brainedet says:
    June 29, 2020 at 10:42 PM

    Learning to me is a continuous process, so I learn daily and it been fun.

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  • Frank Jerry says:
    June 29, 2020 at 9:29 PM

    I have come to realize this everyday that I need to learn a thing or two daily and it been fun

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  • Glad says:
    June 29, 2020 at 9:05 PM

    I agree, every day brings it’s own opportunity. It takes the grace to realise this and run with it, to be able to tap into the untapped and be successful while doing so.

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  • Meldred Judith says:
    June 29, 2020 at 8:49 PM

    Life is unending learning. We are bound to learn new things in a thousand ways everyday. Even those bad things that happened has a lesson to learn.

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  • Maury Cheskes says:
    June 29, 2020 at 8:05 PM

    Interesting to get an insider’s take on your process. I hope more people will take advantage of the viral audience online as well with meaningful work that speaks to people’s hearts. I think we all want to leave a bold legacy with out life pursuits.

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  • conrad pranze villas says:
    June 29, 2020 at 6:19 PM

    We make our own destiny. Every day is a new opportunity to solve our problems. Life is hard, but it will be much harder if we do not do something about it.

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