Go ahead and think of that person you know who’s filled with seemingly useless statistics, facts, and information about a given subject. That guy who knows every actor who has ever played in every movie and constantly is challenging you to play Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon. That girl who is obsessed with any and everything music and assumes that you are just as aware as she is that some hipster band just secretly released a new single. Your coworker who can spout off the most obscure athletes and every stat connected to them for the previous five seasons of play. This list could go on and on, and my guess is you’ve got at least a person or two that came to mind in each of the above scenarios. My guess is that you also have your thing. Your thing that you just love learning about, seem to instinctually talk to others about, and find simply easy to learn.
I’m wanting to argue that this instinct to learn what you love is natural in all mankind and should be cultivated! For instance, I am absolutely in love with my wife, I have been for a long time. In light of that love and passion for her, I instinctually learn more and more about her as we spend time together and “do life”. I learn about her favorite songs, her clothing styles, what flowers she likes, what makes her laugh, her hobbies, her thoughts, her fears – you get the idea. And, honestly, the learning is part of the joy of my marriage. However, if I were simply content to learn passively—to learn exclusively as life happened and as I observed things without an active pursuit of searching them out—then my knowledge of my wife would be a slow-growing knowledge, and we would both be missing out on greater happiness within our relationship. Therefore, I have made it a priority in my life to cultivate learning about what I love. People who love music research new bands, lyrics, and albums. People who love sports research box scores, stats, opponents, and players. When people love something they joyfully commit their time and energies to cultivating a knowledge of that thing that they love.
In Admissions, we constantly hear that prospective students are in search for a career that they actually love doing; they’re tired of working a job, they want a career. More than that, they don’t think it’s too much to ask to have a career that they love doing. With that in mind, what are you doing to cultivate your time and energies to actively learn about your future career? If you were to compare your pursuit of knowledge for another thing you love (sports, movies, gaming, reading) to the time you spend genuinely pursuing more knowledge about your future career field, what would the results yield? I’m not trying to make you feel like you have to love the content of every course you take here (you will absolutely have classes that you do not love!) but, I challenge you to assess whether or not you’re seeing your future career as something worthy of dedicating time to cultivate more knowledge.
If you love it, you’ll learn it.
Chad Hester is an Adult Admissions Officer at Sullivan Tech. He is married to a gorgeous woman named Casey and has two young daughters: Emma Juliette and Norah Renae. He loves reading, playing basketball, drinking good beer/bourbon/coffee, and grilling out. He spends a lot of time loving on his three girls and working with the leadership team at his local church, Sovereign Grace Church of Louisville.