Be a Picker

One of my wife’s favorite shows is American Pickers. You can catch it on the History Channel

picker paradise

It follows theses guys around as they search through the backwoods, off the beaten paths and around forgotten corners looking for treasures. They stop by homes where junk has collected and collectibles have been passed over.

Often true value and great treasure is discovered in the shadows. It may be hidden, but it’s incredibly valuable.

I was reminded of this the other day: I can learn from the books and people who are highlighted in the “limelight”. But I can learn from those in the ordinary shadows just as well.

I’m relearning again the value of continually seeking to learn. From anyone. From everyone. From someone each day. I don’t learn in a classroom setting now, but I’m seeking to learn from the people in the everyday classrooms of life.

Friends, God has hidden treasures within the people around us. Treasures of wisdom, insights, help and hope that we can discover if we take the time to look for it. Make sure you stay teachable – be a picker!

Pick the brains of those around you. Always have a question ready to ask in order to learn, grow and develop as a leader and person. Ask and then listen. Really listen.

Everybody can learn from anybody, if you just choose to learn from somebody other than you.

Intelligent (wise) people are always ready to learn.
    Their ears are open for knowledge. ~Proverbs 18:15 (NLT)

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