In today’s fast-paced business world, no one’s going to give you permission to engage in continuous learning which is a strategy that is essential to one’s success. You must take the initiative yourself. Most people subscribe to the “inoculation” theory of education — “I got my degree or diploma and now I don’t have to learn anymore.” Not only is this attitude out of step with successful living, these days it may be downright dangerous. Accelerating change in nearly every area of human endeavour is making current knowledge obsolete at a faster pace than ever before. Gone are the days of the artisan, where one could learn a craft and utilize it for a lifetime, with little or no change.
To grow in our jobs and our family lives it requires that we keep on growing and learning, long after our formal schooling is done. The more we’re able to know and the more skills we acquire, the more value we can offer to our employers, friends and families. Continuous learning means we’re keeping the “raw material pile” of our brain freshly stocked, which enables us to come up with better ideas and innovations which every business needs today. New ideas and solutions are a primary way you can add value to your job and therefore increase your success.
Your ability to expand your mind and strive for continuous learning is critical to your success. By dedicating yourself to learning, you can get ahead in every aspect of your life. All it takes is Commitment. The most successful people read an average of 2-3 hours per day. They belong to organizations that encourage learning the most current information and share ideas. For people dedicated to continuous learning, it means that they attend annual conventions and go to every session available that has new insights that can help them to be more effective in getting the results for which they are responsible.