I truly enjoyed reading your responses and found it was such a great reminder to me that much of who we are today can be attributed to the concepts and ideas that we learned as students.
I also found it interesting, but not surprising, that much of what we remember from our days in the classroom had very little to do with the actual content of what was being taught. The real lessons can from the principles we were able to gain or learn.
Thanks again for your thoughtful answers. It was difficult to narrow it down, but here are my top three picks. Congratulations to the winners.
First Place – #20 Katina Asbell
The most important thing I learned in school is that you can never learn enough.
Every day in 5th grade Mrs. Hodges had our class recite:
I use to think I knew I knew but now I must confess, the more I know I know I know, I know I know the less.
I am in my 40s now and still recall it perfectly. This sentence taught me that you can never learn enough. When you have a question and find the answer, guess what? It usually creates a new question. Learing is never ending. It is the process of continually asking questions and seeking answers. Learning is finding better and more efficient ways to do things and never sitting stagnet. Learning is FUN!
If every child was taught how to ask questions and they were in an enviroment that allowed for and answered those questions .think about how much our children could learn!
If you have an encounter with a child today and they ask you a question, think about your answer carefully. If you dont know the answer then take the opportunity to learn together, ask questions together and find answers together. After all, Mrs. Hodges and myself believe you can never learn enough.
I agree with you. I believe we can never learn enough. Many of the most successful people (in all fields) are the ones who are most committed to their own growth and are continually striving to attain new skills or knowledge.
Your 5th grade teacher Mrs. Hodges was a very wise woman and probably an extremely good teacher.
Second Place – #5 Douglas Alexander
My High School had this motto: Character Before Career. That basically says it all.
First, it is a great principle to live ones life by, that, if I have the opportunity to lay on my death bed and look back over my life, Ill be glad I followedas opposed to compromising my integrity or other character traits in order to make money or somehow get ahead.
Secondly, Character Before Career is excellent business advice in the long runit will usually help me get farther ahead.
Lastly, Character Before Career is excellent advice for personal relations since, if the principle is internalized at work, it will filter over into ones personal life as well.
Great point Douglas. The concept of “Character Before Career” is a lesson we can all take throughout our lives. When we live in integrity with ourselves our business and personal lives are so greatly enhanced.
Plus, every time you choose to live in integrity you are aligning yourself with (God, Karma, The Universe) and good things will come back to you.
Douglas has won his choice of with The Students Winning Edge Memory Training or The Students Winning Edge Goal Setting and Attitude
Third Plane – #13 Shauna Simpson
The most important thing I learned in school was the importance of working as a team. In college there were classes that involved team projects. You worked on these projects with people with different backgrounds and personalities. The projects always came together in the end. The same applies in the workforce. You need to work in an environment that works as a team in order to be successful.
Shauna, wonderful point. Much of our success as individuals can be attributed to others. The more we understand the life is a “TEAM” sport, the better off we all will be.
Shauna has won a Freedom Personal Development Water Bottle.
Tomorrow we announce our next contest stay tuned and .