“That’s why the philosophers warn us not to be satisfied with mere learning, but to add practice and then training. For as time passes we forget what we learned and end up doing the opposite, and hold opinions the opposite of what we should.” Epictetus
Continue to learn, and never stop. But do not learn too much! I see posts on social media everyday of people boasting about reading 1 book every day, or even 2 books per day. First of all, I don’t see how this is possible. Second of all, what do they actually absorb? Reading is not a sport, or at least it should not be. Take you time, and dig deeper. Take notes, link notes together, and most importantly, share what you learn with your team, your communities and the world.
It is a pity that philosophy has become so academic. That is not how it should be. Philosophy was meant to teach us to live and live, not teach us how to live, and know how to live “in theory.” Use what you learn and go to the real world. Practicing dealing with challenges. Have difficult conversations. Truly inspire action. That is what leading, coaching and guiding is all about.
Practice. Practice won’t make you perfect, because perfection is a utopia, a myth, a lie. But it will help you to become better at whatever you need.