Increase Your Expertise
September 24, 2013
It always helps to be more competent, to grow in competence as you grow in your career. I was telling my wife the other day that there are many things that I would love to accomplish in the coming years. Some are specifically career-oriented, some are not ... however, all are worthwhile achievements.
DETERMINE YOUR DESIRES
What do you wan to learn going forward that will help you in your business practices or your career? What would be the best or biggest thing you could do that would create the greatest leap forward for you across the short term?
I was watching the NASA channel the other night and there was a joint press conference with the Russian and American crew members of the upcoming mission to the International Space Station. It occurred to me that it would be cool to be fluent in Russian so I would not have to wait for the translator as the Russian Cosmonauts spoke. While this is more of an "entertainment" thing for me, it sure would be important to folks in that business! If you know how to prioritize your desires, you can effectively move yourself to a higher level much quicker.
If you can figure out WHAT you need to learn to become better, then it is simply a question of getting down to learning it, and going from there!
LEARNING NEVER STOPS
Life learning never stops until you decide it does. As the old saying goes, "Stop growing, start rotting." There is so much to learn that you could not possibly have enough time to learn it all while you are here on this earth. One of my dad's uncles (Great uncle to me) lived alone and read much of the day. I watched at age 10 as this man who I looked up to would read entire encyclopedia volumes, just learning about anything and everything. He loved it. Living well into his nineties, he never stopped learning ... even as we watched his body fail him. It was a stark reminder that learning never stops.
Everyone you meet, regardless of who they are or what they know, have something to teach you. Always be a student, no matter how far you have advanced into a particular field of knowledge. There is more to learn, and more people to learn it from. It's all about attitude, and being open to the wealth of knowledge outside of you that they can offer you.
Never stop learning, and your career will keep growing!