I was tired, hungry and not in the mood to explore and learn any more. We had spent the day discovering new and hidden locations in the Hell’s Kitchen and Chelsea areas of New York City. I had walked past this location many times and never visited. I did not miss it before and would not feel disappointed missing it this time.
The funny thing about knowledge and learning is that it does not happen when you want it. We climbed the first stairs of the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, often referred to as the main branch of the New York Public Library system. It is a Beaux-Arts landmark structure on Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street. The Astor and Mcgraw rotundas were very interesting, but the Rose Reading room on the third floor was absolutely amazing (See photo). Every visitor to NYC should find the time to see this structure inside and out. As leaders, we need to be willing to force ourselves to learn even when we are not in the mood. We must be the role models and demonstrate the value of an open mind.
How often do you turn off your learning sensors because you are not in the mood? How do you re-energize to allow yourself to open up at these critical times?