Four keys to higher learning

Amy Skinner is the horsewoman behind Essence Horsemanship in Boyne City, Michigan. Later this year, she will celebrate her Screen Shot 2015-11-02 at 12.11.46 PM40th article as a guest columnist for NickerNews and BestHorsePractices.

Kudos, Amy!

You can meet her at next week’s Equine Affaire, where she will help staff our booth in the Better Living Center.

Behind her youth and good nature lies someone wise beyond her years and someone interested in cutting through the thick layers nonsense that seem to pervade the horse community. Her columns consistently address the rider’s need to seek education, tackle weaknesses, and stay on a steady course of open-mindedness and self-improvement.

Here’s what she had to say about learning:Screen Shot 2015-11-02 at 12.11.30 PM

“Everybody says they want to learn and get better, but if you REALLY want to learn and make real and lasting progress?

  • Get comfortable being uncomfortable.
  • Throw your ego out the window and get used to looking silly, feeling stupid, not knowing, and making mistakes.
  • Don’t just “hear” but listen.
  • Persevere until the timing, the knowledge, and the feel of it all is yours.

It isn’t always a pretty process but learning can be a real joy when you learn how to learn.”

Thanks, Amy!

Read Amy’s Journals & Journeys columns here.

Read more about learning and the cons of being too comfortable.

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