It always strikes me as quite funny that the one piece of advice which has stuck with me over the years originally came from the boss I despised the most.
He told me on my first day at his newspaper: “Learn something new every day.”
It would be churlish to suggest I learned to dislike him in new ways every day I spent on that newspaper, but that isn’t too far from the truth (and that is unusual for me as I’m normally the most laidback person I know).
Yet putting that personal animosity aside, that little gold nugget of advice was actually spot on.
I’m not sure I can honestly say I have learned something new every day, but I like to think I’ve kept my eyes and attitude open over the years.
Learning important new lessons is part of life and it can relate to just about everything you do – relationships, work, even when out riding your bike.
I have passed on that advice to others ever since I was first told it, although whether anyone has listened to me is debatable.
Rachel and I celebrated our fourth wedding anniversary last weekend and we did learn something new about each other.
I realised I still love her more each day we are together.
And Rachel discovered that I love peanut butter and cheese sarnies (much to her shock and mild distaste).
See, it is possible to learn something new every day.