Learning is so easy nowadays, you’d think everyone would be super-educated.
You don’t have to take up a lot of time, or pay big tuition to get it, either.
Yesterday, I was driving through some of the most gorgeous scenery of central BC.
While enjoying the bounteous nature around me, I popped a CD into the player and re-listened to some Success interviews I’d once received—free, of course. (Tells you how old a vehicle I drive, still has a CD player).
A half hour later I’d learned so much from the two interviews conducted by the proponent. Stuff that will help me stay in tune with this rapidly changing world. Stuff that will help my business going forward. Stuff that will help my life going forward.
The interviewer ended the CD with the line, wishing us success “as we journey together along the never-ending search for the best within you.”
What a great sign-off, I thought. And then it struck me. He was taking for-granted that people want to keep learning, to keep striving to get better. I wonder if that’s really true.
Is everyone curious about the world around them, hungering to expand their horizons. Is everyone striving to improve themselves. Does everyone needs to stay on top of all the latest new information to keep earning an income?
Here’s what I think. The more we fall behind the changing world realities, the less we have to contribute to the world around us. And the more insular we become. And the less we have to contribute to our employers. And the less we contribute to them, the more redundant we become. Job security is enhanced with education.
For those of us who are in business for self, it matters even more. We will quickly be surpassed by those who do stay on top of the latest developments and trends, whether they be technical or personal.
The best safety net we have, in the world around us and in our work-life, is to keep educating ourselves.
And right now that’s as easy as watching a YouTube video, popping a CD into our player as we drive or checking out an article or two in a Success magazine.
At least, that’s how I see it . . .
An Olympic Achievement
Congratulations to our Olympic athletes, who once again did our country proud! We surpassed our London medal count by four, and our goals for these Olympics in both total medals and gold medals by three. There were a good number of athletes from the Fraser Valley who can now sport medals around their necks. We congratulate you all!