“It requires wisdom to understand wisdom: the music is nothing if the audience is deaf.” — Walter Lippmann
Talented Canucks expert and Communications Director of Football BC, Daniel Fung, comments on how he lives out wisdom he received from a university professor. The heart of learning he describes is so relevant not only to my own career but to life as a whole.
One of words of wisdom that has always stood out for me came from one of my professors at Simon Fraser University who always used to say “The day you stop learning is the day they bury you six-feet deep.”
It’s a little cryptic, which I suppose is what makes it so memorable but I find it also rings true. As a writer I find there are often times when my process starts becoming repetitive because I’m either constantly dealing with the same topic matter or because I’m writing in a particular style, such as for press releases or fact sheets. Even though there are times when consistency is required in my line of work, I find it can be detrimental if writing starts becoming too formulaic. One way I try to guard against that is to constantly absorb and borrow from other writing styles by reading as often as I can. I like to read not only things that are connected to my line of work but anything from horoscopes to comic books to newspaper stories just to see what I find unique and attention-grabbing and to think about how I might be able to adopt it for my own purposes.
I think the same principle rings true with any line of work where it pays to constantly be observant and see how others are doing similar things to the way you are and even though they might not necessarily be directly adaptable to your particular job, you never know how it could one day be useful.