I just read this excellent article written by a friend of mine, Donna Starr. She really put the boomer spin on learning. How discouraging it is when someone says, “I am too old to learn …”. Enjoy the post and please share it with others.
The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those
who cannot read and write, but those who cannot
learn, unlearn, and relearn.
Education … it’s not just for youngsters any more. Learning should be a continual process. After leaving school, many people mistakenly believe that they have acquired all they need to know. However, in order to succeed in today’s fast-paced competitive world we must be committed to becoming life-long students. We need to look at our lives and decide what knowledge we will need to move from where we are today to where we want to be tomorrow. Also, when change comes our way, whether personal or professional, we have to be ready to grasp the knowledge and skills necessary to adjust to our new situation or environment.
I remember during the early 90’s when computers came into the workplace. Instead of being open to learning how to use them, some employees wanted to continue doing things as they had in the past. The result? Some were left behind and ill-equipped for the drastic shift to a technological workplace. But others succeeded, adapting and even excelling, in this new environment because of their eagerness to embrace learning. One person who stands out in my mind was a gentleman in my department in his late 50’s. Although he was close to retirement, he did not hesitate to attend training classes. In fact, he made sure he mastered the material presented. Because of his willingness to change and learn, he became a highly sought after resource by others in the company. What in your profession is changing? What will you need to learn in order to be successful tomorrow?
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Wishing You The Best Of Success
In All Your Endeavors,
reprinted with permission from Donna Satchell of STARR Consulting & Training (www.STARRct.com - Donna@STARRct.com - 770-498-0400) Copyright © 2007 by Donna Satchell. All rights reserved."