Picture this. A child is born and after 6 months, or even one year, this child’s appearance is the same as when he was firstborn. His hands, legs, face, and everybody part you can think of showing little to no significant change. What would be your first reaction, what statement would you utter first? Of course, I know the world we live in and will never be insensitive with my words, but as scary as picturing this scenario seems, “This child is not growing” is what I would say.
Most conversations on stunted growth have kids as the focus. According to a World Health Organization (WHO) report, Stunting is the impaired growth and development that some CHILDREN experience from poor nutrition, repeated infection, and inadequate psychosocial stimulation. WHO acknowledges that some of the effects of this disorder include poor cognition and educational performance, lost/low productivity, among others.
However, the case is the same with adults who refuse to continuously add to their wealth of knowledge. They are suffering from what I’ll call ‘poor intellectual nutrition’. They do not grow as and when due (only that poor growth might be intentional on the part of adults). Albeit there are opportunities for growth, there is room for more growth, some of us choose to feign ignorance about these opportunities that exist outside our comfort zones. In exchange, our intellectual growth is stunted, but can’t this reflect on our physical growth? Just like growth can be stunted physically, it can also be stunted mentally, emotionally and in another case, intellectually.
What is stunting your growth? What is preventing you from developing as much as you should? These are the questions I ask myself on days I realize I’ve not been giving the best of myself. In a bid to find solutions and answers to the questions, I review my performance in the past months while also analyzing events I’ve been faced with, both good and bad.
Before answering the questions above, you should probably further ask yourself what exactly it is you want out of life. The discovery of purpose is the first step in solving 90 percent of the problems you’ll ever be confronted with. Ask yourself tough questions and remember to make yourself accountable to someone who wants to see you grow into the best version of yourself. It’s better to be aware of a problem and work towards solving it while resting assured that you have a community of great people pushing you to do better.
To stay relevant in life today, complacency is not an option. Welcome fresh ideas, gain more knowledge by not just reading books, listening to podcasts, and watching videos relevant to your field but also fields new to you. It doesn’t hurt to be a polymath, you know.
Also, endeavor to put what you’ve learnt into practice. Teach someone about what you’ve learnt, knowledge is retained better this way. After all, it’s what you’ve learnt that will initiate the creativity in you. The best people in the 21st century won’t be those with a myriad of degrees but those who constantly give themselves to influencing lives through their innovations and creativity.