The Storm: A Leadership Booklet and Blog #14

THE STORM Chapter 14: When the Student is Ready the Master Will Appear

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


Why This Matters: Chapter 14, “When the Student is Ready, the Master Will Appear,” delves into the importance of continuous learning and the transformative power of education. Granddaddy’s insights, drawn from the wisdom of historical figures like Gandhi, emphasize the significance of living in the present, taking risks, and continually expanding one’s knowledge. The chapter challenges readers to view the world as a classroom and embrace the principles of lifelong learning.

Essential Question for Readers: “How does the concept of continuous learning, as explored by Granddaddy, shape our perspective on the world as a classroom, the value of coaching and sharing knowledge, and the role of interest, intention, and attention in the learning process?”


Chapter Summary

In Chapter 14 of “When the Student is Ready, the Master Will Appear,” Granddaddy imparts valuable life lessons to Dakota, emphasizing the importance of continuous learning. Drawing wisdom from various historical figures like Jesus, Buddha, King Solomon, and Gandhi, Granddaddy encourages Dakota to consider the world as a classroom and stresses the significance of living in the present moment.

He shares Gandhi’s wisdom about living as if one were to die tomorrow and learning as if one were to live forever. Granddaddy explains the balance between considering consequences and taking action, warning against getting stuck in overthinking and inaction. He narrates his personal experience, emphasizing the value of taking risks and continually learning.

Dakota reflects on the discussion, relating it to his experiences in football and wrestling. Granddaddy predicts that Dakota will make a great coach, prompting Dakota to question whether that’s significant enough. Granddaddy assures him that coaching is a meaningful way to share knowledge and positively impact others’ lives.

The conversation turns to the importance of remembering names, highlighting its role in showing respect and avoiding making others feel invisible. Granddaddy encourages Dakota to learn tricks for remembering names and suggests using the library as a resource for gaining knowledge about historical figures.

As Dakota expresses concerns about his ability to learn and be successful, Granddaddy dispels the notion that intelligence is the sole factor, emphasizing the importance of interest, intention, and attention in the learning process. Granddaddy shares his educational journey, revealing that he holds doctorates in history and political science. He clarifies that his degrees signify a commitment to learning rather than innate intelligence.

This chapter serves as a poignant exploration of the value of lifelong learning, the significance of coaching and sharing knowledge, and the impact of education on personal growth and understanding.



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Reflection/Journaling: Reflect on your attitude toward continuous learning and the role it plays in your personal and professional life. Consider a time when learning something new had a positive impact on your growth or perspective. How do you approach challenges and opportunities to learn? What steps can you take to cultivate a mindset of continuous learning?


  1. Identify an area of interest or skill you would like to develop further. Set a specific learning goal and outline the steps you can take to achieve it. This could involve enrolling in a course, reading relevant literature, or seeking guidance from a mentor.
  2. Evaluate your approach to risk-taking. Consider a calculated risk you can take to expand your knowledge or experience. Set a goal to step out of your comfort zone and embrace opportunities for growth.
  3. Explore methods for improving your memory, especially in remembering names. Set a goal to incorporate memory-enhancing techniques into your daily life, such as creating associations or mnemonic devices.

Next Steps:

  1. Actively seek out opportunities for continuous learning in both formal and informal settings. Attend workshops, webinars, or events related to your interests. Engage in conversations with knowledgeable individuals and be open to diverse perspectives.
  2. Reflect on the people you admire for their knowledge or skills. Consider reaching out to them for advice, mentorship, or guidance. Foster connections with individuals who inspire you to pursue lifelong learning.
  3. Experiment with memory-enhancing techniques and observe the impact on your ability to remember names and details. Share your experiences with others, and encourage them to join you in the journey of continuous learning.

By embracing the concept of continuous learning, valuing coaching and knowledge-sharing, and recognizing the importance of interest, intention, and attention in the learning process, you can enrich your personal and professional development. Set intentional goals to foster a mindset of lifelong learning and explore the world as a classroom filled with opportunities for growth.

Dan Blanchard is a bestselling and award-winning author, speaker, educator, TV Host, and philanthropist.

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