There are so many things to learn about in life, that I rarely find time to read fiction and over time I appear to have made an unconscious decision to subscribe to constant or “lifelong learning”.
This may appear to directly contradict what I stated in this post , but lifelong learning does not necessarily relate directly to the skills you need to do your job, it may give you the ability to progress or diversify in your career, skills that compliment your current skillset to enable you to advance into management or leadership positions; equally you could learn about something for no other reason than to learn about it.
Since embarking on lifelong learning, I have academically studied wireless and mobile data networks; copyright and mathematics; additionally self-studied TOGAF©, Six Sigma© and evolutionary leadership. Many of the new skills that I have learned, I have found helping me in my professional career and personal life in ways that perhaps I did not originally conceive when I started to learn. The skills I have learned for example, the mathematics has enabled me to assist my son with his homework; copyright introduced ethical concepts into my thought process and TOGAF© has made me think about how I approach aspects of the deliverables I produce.
My constant quest for knowledge has also had what some people may determine being a negative benefit, such as I have picked up systems at work and learned them because I needed to leverage the applications capabilities, by default I became the owner and administrator of the application, which was not my intended outcome.
As Francis Bacon is attributed to have said “knowledge is power” and for me the power comes from knowing more about what you currently don’t know about. Lifelong learning is not down to your employer, whilst they can contribute it is ultimately your choice.
So where do you start? Pick a topic or subject, buy a book, find a website and start to learn.
Originally published on LinkedIn.