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Henry Ford once said, “Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young.” This is a quote I live by from both a personal and professional standpoint.
Lifelong learning means constantly upgrading your skills. Over the years, I’ve learned that what I do is way more important than what I say when it comes to enhancing my skills. This theory has led me to complete a number of self-development seminars, coaching programs and reading books so that I can become the best version of myself. Through these personal courses, I have been able to expand on my personal and professional aptitude.
When it comes down to it, there is no one best way to learn. The best way to learn is by setting goals and objectives and going from there. Learning is not just a classroom event -- it is a lifelong experience comprised of mentorship, experimenting, seeking advice from a trusted colleague, or reading a book.
As a leader, and from an organizational perspective, this means creating a working culture that supports learning and development. From an employee's standpoint, this supports a specific set of skills and mindset for optimal learning. For instance, leaders can offer online courses that can be accessed by anyone and make it convenient at any time.
Having this sort of self-starter mindset is the first leg on your journey to becoming a well-rounded and successful person. Individuals who make self learning a priority in their busy lives understand the importance it has on creating opportunities.
If you’re willing to expand your mind, the benefits will likely present themselves. Further, the pursuit of knowledge is easier than it has ever been with advancements in technologies. You can find information online or ask questions virtually to other professionals for the answers you wish to seek.
Remember, a successful business is only as strong as the people who contribute to it. Individuals who are committed to learning on a personal level will likely thrive in their professional lives as well. In a constantly changing world, it’s crucial to stay current, competitive and up to date.