Once You Stop Learning, You Start Dying
Toastmasters’ meetings were not merely about public speaking. Speakers delivered speeches with thought-provoking and inspiring messages.
Tricia reminded us to keep the Green Monster in us in check, not to be consumed by misconduct and ill feelings such as jealousy.
Erly was not looking back despite his entrepreneurship has been fraught with ups and downs like a roller coaster ride. He quit his job to strike out on his own because he was stagnating as an employee. On this, he quoted Einstein’s saying “Once you stop learning, you start dying”. I totally agree. I have an insatiable appetite for learning and that is the reason why I continue learning after my first degree. I have taken up Japanese, financial planning, a master’s programme and now public speaking.
As for Taichi, it was admirable of him to leave his country, Japan, and his comfort zone, to stay in a foreign land where English is commonly spoken so that he would immerse in the environment and also has no choice but to speak English.
Lynn spoke about communication in the hearing-impaired community. She wanted us to not be too consumed in the world of technological communication media and neglected the more meaningful direct communication.
Manish suggested that we let our hair down at times and be less serious but enjoy more about what we do. Indeed, Asians are too inhibitive and reserved, and I’m guilty of that as well.
Jamie introduced us to a F.I.T way to pursue good health.
These were the takeaways from yesterday’s meeting.
Therefore, attending Toastmasters meetings is killing two birds with one stone – one gets to practise and improve one’s public speaking skill, yet at the same time be introspective and acquiring knowledge.