So I’m (re)reading Jenny Blake’s Life After College, which is amazing and should be read by everyone. Whether you’ve recently graduated from college, it has been decades since you graduated, or you never attended college at all, this book applies to you. Jenny does an amazing job of guiding the reader through the fundamentals of a full and successful life that everyone knows but many of us often forget.
One of my favorite of Jenny’s principles is to use envy to your advantage. She recommends taking a look at the people that surround us and intentionally noticing what we envy about them. In my case, I really envy my husband for his humility, my friend Shana for her killer violin skills, and my mom for her creative mind, among many others.
Once we’ve discovered some great attributes or talents in our community, we can find ways to learn from those. I can watch my husband to see how his humility helps him handle conflict and begin to emulate that. I can ask Shana to coach me in violin. I can text my mom the next time I get stuck creatively. By tapping into the gifts of those around me, I can access the tools to improve myself.
What resources do you have in the people who surround you? What can you learn from your friends and family to make yourself a better person?