Life Long Learners
Green and growing?
Are you a life-long learner?
There's an old saying that's become popular in motivational messages: "You're either green and growing, or you're ripe and rotting." It's rather a terrible way to look at things, but it's quite true.
As quickly as things are changing in the world of technology and in the realm of social media, if you aren't moving forward, then you're falling behind.
The only way to keep moving forward is to keep learning. There is always more to learn - a new tool, a new technique, a new trick.
If we are to stay on the leading edge of our craft, no matter what it is, we must keep our eyes and ears open for new information. If we are to stay on the top of our game, we are required to seek out better ways to play the game.
We can not simply hope that our current knowledge we will allow us to keep up with the changing face of business or technology.
There are many things we can do to keep learning.
First, always have the attitude that there is more to learn. You will never know everything there is to know about any given topic. If you are humble and honest, you will easily be able to find new things to learn all the time.
Second, spend time learning about things that you enjoy. It's always more fun to keep track of things you like and find interesting. Learn a new language, take up a new sport, help with a community project, start a new business venture. Let your imagination run wild!
Third, don't be afraid to try new things and learn from those who are younger or less experienced than you. Everyone has something to contribute, and you can learn a lot from unexpected sources. Be flexible and willing to do things differently. You will learn a lot just from doing old things in a new way.
Finally, keep looking to those who have gone before you. There is always something to learn from your elders and from history makers in the past. Learn from their wisdom and from their mistakes. And teaching people what you know is also a great way to learn more, too!
Life Long Learner?
We must become life-long learners, always pursuing greater knowledge, not for the sake of gaining knowledge alone, but in order that we can continue to contribute in new and different ways.
It doesn't matter how old you are, or how long you've been doing what you do. There is so much to learn, and so much you can do to participate, as long as you decide to keep learning.
I am a life-long learner! Are you?