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Training is Essential for Growth

Updated on June 23, 2011

You have heard the statement, “you never stop learning.”  How about, “I’m a life-long learner?”  What does it mean to be a life-long learner?  Today I invite you to explore this topic of training as essential for growth.  Does it mean that you are in school all your life?  And if you are in school all the time, when do you put to practice what you have learned? 

The purpose of training is to move you or something in a forward direction.  Training creates change and change brings about new, hopefully, better results. 

Training helps to dispel the idea of change…..and change is necessary to embrace new ideas.  The greatest athletes, celebrities, and movie stars have received some of the best training the world has to offer.

Everyday people like you and I have received some kind of training, formal or informal.  You may have graduated from high school; gotten a G.E.D; received an Associates, Bachelors or Masters Degree.  You may even have a Ph.D.  Do you have professional credentials?  Are you a Doctor, Lawyer, Nurse, Counselor or Social Worker – these all require professional certification and training.

We All Need a Little Help to Grow
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Every Day Training

Do you take time out to train and learn something new on a regular basis? I think this would be considered being a life-long learner. When you gain new knowledge, it gives you more confidence. There is no lack of training in our global world today. You can take online classes from a remote location just as if you were right there. If you are shy or have a disability, the online world welcomes you with open arms. If you have a busy schedule, you can take online classes and seminars.

Training is Free on YouTube

Pick a subject and search the YouTube search engine and you will be amazed at the results. People from all walks of life create videos that teach just about anything you can think of. I really like YouTube because many of the videos are short – two to ten minutes. Since I have a short attention span this format is perfect for me. Besides, at my age, I don’t think I can retain loads of information at once. Research shows that, we retain about twenty minutes of information in one session, then the rest is out the door. After you do your training on YouTube, you can find some hilarious masterpieces too! I must warn you, do not get caught up on the site, limit your visitation to about thirty minutes at a time.

Something to To Think About in This Video

Training Can Advance Your Career

When you learn and perform a new skill, your earnings should increase. Do you know that many things in life can be self-taught? You can train yourself by reading manuals and guides. When you are learning something new, the instructions may sound and look foreign to you….don’t let this hinder you.

Three Components For Training. 1) Instruction – You need some type of instruction: written or verbal. 2) Adhere to Instruction – You need to submit to the instruction – I will learn. 3) Implement Instruction – You need to do, put into action, what you have learned.

Microsoft Word is an important skill to have today. If you are in Business, learn how to use Microsoft Word - it is one of the foundation's of owning and operating a business. You can take a class at your local library; get a tutorial; ask a friend to help you or get more formal professional training to use Microsoft Word. There are different editions of Microsoft Word, so make sure you get the most up-to-date one. Many Middle Schools have implemented Word Processing in the curriculum for students to learn. It is one of the most practical skills to possess.

Comparing Yourself to Others

In our competitive world, it is very tempting to compare yourself to someone else when you are learning something new. People are where they are because of many factors, and it is not for you to reason. Your biggest concern is You! The good thing about other people’s success is, you can learn from them. So instead of comparing and hoping and wishing, learn from them. You can get good training from experienced individuals by reading what they have to say and implementing their instruction.

What Do You Want to Know More Of?

Start training for something that you want to know more about. Think about learning something that is directly linked to your goals. If you are looking to get to the next level, and you feel stagnated, training is essential for your growth forward. Get on the Internet and research your topic; buy a book; read the manual or listen to a training video. Most importantly, don’t just stand there, do something.


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    Sima Ballinger 6 years ago from Michigan

    drpastorcarlotta, hang in there as you go through your training. I don't think we can thrive without training. As you learn more, more opportunity will come your way. Expect God's Best!


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    Pastor Dr. Carlotta Boles 6 years ago from BREAKOUT MINISTRIES, INC. KC

    Very, very, useful Hub!! I am going through training right now! lol

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    Sima Ballinger 6 years ago from Michigan

    Tamarajo, yes, use what you have learned - isn't that why to learn. Thanks for coming by.

    Treasure Tweet, I value your comment. The right direction is our aim. Hope this gives a little push to those needing it - thanks!

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    Treasure Tweet 6 years ago from United Kingdom

    Treasuresofheaven,This hub indeed gives a nudge in the right direction.Thanks for it!.

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    Tamarajo 6 years ago

    I liked the three components to learning and think the last one is the most essential which is to utilize what is learned.

    useful and interesting article.

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    Sima Ballinger 6 years ago from Michigan

    Hi Ms Dee, You know I like your work and I know your hub will be great! Great attitude can make all the difference. Thanks for dropping by.

    Hello Niki, that's great. If we stop learning, we stop growing. I like the self-taught process - although sometimes frustrating as it may - it is well worth it.

    Thanks for extending yourself here today!

    Marcella, I am glad you viewed the video, I have watched it more than once. Thanks, and Have a good Day!

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    Marcella Glenn 6 years ago from PA

    The video was inspiring, really useful information.

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    Niki Hampton 6 years ago from Oregon

    I am definitely a life long learner. Through my work as a writer and now self-taught Internet marketer I have learned to do what my clients need. Great hub!

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    Deidre Shelden 6 years ago from Texas, USA

    A great attitude setter for being a learner! Will be linking to this from a hub I am currently writing :).

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    Sima Ballinger 6 years ago from Michigan

    Thanks revmjm, glad you watched the video - it gave a different perspective of what we should be learning. Thought the "Help" sign would be cute too. I appreciate your wisdom for today.

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    Margaret Minnicks 6 years ago from Richmond, VA

    Wow! What an eye-opener from the video. I like your picture with the mouse holding the "Help" sign. What you wrote is so true. We have so many avenues to learn from. Now taking advantage of that training is another thing.