If you are standing still, you are falling behind.
That statement has never been truer than it is today. The accelerating pace of change means that all of us need to be up to date on the latest trends and developments in our industries, but also in the way work gets done. It has been said that the knowledge within every industry doubles every two or three years; that means that you must double your knowledge in that timeframe just to keep up!
This reality is why lifelong learning has become so important. Employees and colleagues that turn off their minds to continual learning are likely going to be left behind. They are diminishing their long term value because they are standing still.
On top of this, their colleagues are completing work at a much faster pace simply because they are using tools to help them work smarter. Information on social media, blogs, and forums is at an all-time high, removing barriers from learning and improving the speed at which many problems are solved or new ideas are shared. This means it is easy (though time-consuming) to keep up with new ideas, new information, and new work techniques. It is all online. Failing to embrace this new way of working simply puts you further and further behind.
Technological advances also have enabled connections like never before. Whether you are collaborating with a colleague on the other side of the country or interacting with a thought leader across the pond, technology has improved lifelong learning.
Importantly, embracing lifelong learning is not just about being able to do your job more efficiently – there are personal benefits as well. As we age, our brain function diminishes. By “exercising that muscle” we ensure mental agility and even self-esteem and well-being.
Lifelong learning requires a commitment. Some professions – lawyers, accountants, nurses, and others – have continuing education requirements for retaining licenses to practice and are therefore compelled to keep learning. Others need to embrace it out of enlightened self-interest. Like going to the gym or eating healthy, lifelong learning is something that is good for us, but requires focus and effort.
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