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Lifelong Learning – What’s in It For You?

Posted on the 12 September 2011 by Combi31 @combi31

Remember dial telephones? Adding machines? Carbon paper? They’re relics of the past, proof positive that the business world we live and work in changes. At times seemingly overnight. Office tools we were satisfied using not too long ago are grossly outdated today. And – to no one’s surprise – much of the knowledge we relied on yesterday is grossly outdated today. To keep up, ya gotta step up. Ya gotta keep on learnin’!Don’t believe me? Here’s why that’s true. Let’s say you’re a trombone player in your high school’s marching band, a band that’s playing at some big school event. Homecoming, maybe. You and a hundred or so of your best band buddies are marching in lock step formation up and down the football field. Got the picture?But, out of the blue, you decide you don’t want to march any more. So you stop. Suddenly. Abruptly. Right then and there. Smack dab in the middle of that thundering, music-making herd.What happens when you stop? One of two things. You’ll either get trampled by the marching buddies behind you, or they’ll step around you, passing you up. Either way, they’ll soon be way ahead of you. You’re left standing there, not going anyplace. Got the picture? Not a very inviting one, is it?Yet that’s exactly what happens when you stop learning. It happens in your career or profession, and it happens in your everyday life. While you choose to stand still, your world – family, friends as well as those you work with and work for – continue to move ahead. The only way you can avoid being left behind, the only way to keep up with them, is to become a lifelong learner.Yep, ya gotta keep learning!That learning doesn’t have to be fancy, formal or expensive. And your lifelong learning doesn’t have to cost you – or your employer – tens of thousands of bucks like getting an MBA does. Lifelong learning can be as simple as going to that trade show or convention you haven’t been to in a couple of years. Or maybe signing up for an industry seminar or workshop. It could even mean enrolling in an evening course or two at your community college.Economics, marketing, human resources, team building, a second language? Perhaps a quick course to become more proficient using a software program you’ve been struggling with. Maybe a course in creative writing? Any subject you’re interested in but don’t know much about is a great place to start.None of that is expensive, none of it very consuming. But lifelong learning, a little at a time, does you a world of good. Personally and professionally. It’s exhilarating, energizing, mind expanding. Lifelong learning leads to new ways to think, at home, at work, at play. Lifelong learning delivers new alternatives to explore, new ways for you to grow.Try it. You’ll never be left behind again. Guaranteed!Author: Phil GrisoliaArticle Source: EzineArticles.comLow-volume PCB Assembly

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