Inspired Learning: My Journey of Continual Personal Growth


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Inspired Learning: My Journey of Continual Personal Growth

Digging Deeper to Resonate with Readers

by Joanne Troppello


“The beautiful thing about learning is that no one can take it away from you.” – B.B. King

I’ve been on a journey to improve my writing. Publishing content on Medium.com has forced me to evaluate the way I write—and how I can become better.


Why should I care? If I want my content to resonate with readers, I need to write in a way that strikes an emotional chord with them. If readers like my content, it’s likely that they’ll subscribe to my magazine, possibly subscribe to the content beyond the paywall—and on Medium, reads translate into earnings.


I could stop caring about becoming a better writer, but that would only hurt myself. I won’t learn better ways to connect with people. My subscriber list won’t increase. Earnings will stay at a standstill.


Digging Deeper


“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” – Mahatma Gandhi

You may not be a writer. Maybe you’re a reader and have stumbled upon my content here in this gigantic online world. Hopefully, what I write resonates with you and we continue to both grow in this writer-reader online relationship.


Wherever you find yourself in the grand spectrum of the learning journey, I hope you are a pilgrim who seeks to learn continually.


  • Open – Stay open to learning new things daily. You don’t know everything. That may be a big surprise to some people. However, having an open mindset can help you to cultivate deeper personal and spiritual growth.


  • Vulnerable – Continual learning requires vulnerability because you need to dig deeper so you can better connect with those who know more than you.


  • Humble – It takes humility to stay in continual motion of learning new things. You must be open to constructive criticism so you can grow and change.


  • Spirit – We are a three-part being—body, soul, and spirit. Feeding your spirit is a vital factor in enhancing your spiritual growth and walk with the Lord.


Main Takeaway


“Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.” – Benjamin Franklin

Embrace the learning process. You’ll likely fail. However, when you realize that failure is part of the par for the course, you can accept it and move on. Don’t be afraid to dig deeper and become vulnerable as you learn. Humility is a trait that can catapult the educational process for you. Through this journey, don’t neglect to feed your spirit.

About the Author


Joanne Troppello at Mustard Seed Sentinel

Joanne Troppello is an author, writer, and poet. She is the publisher of the online Christian lifestyle magazine, Mustard Seed Sentinel. Connect with Joanne on Twitter. You can find Joanne on these social media channels—Twitter, Facebook, Parler, Spreely, and Clouthub—with the same username, @JoanneTroppello—and @joannetroppello.mseedsentinel on Instagram. Visit the Mustard Seed Sentinel YouTube Channel. Check out MSS Live Well Corner.