In most of the world, when the water starts to feel warmer than the air, it’s a cue to the end of summer and children start to think about going back to school. For many adults, that chronic “back to school” feeling we had in our stomach was cured the instant we received our diploma. But maybe that sickly feeling was a good thing. Maybe it signaled impeding changes and new challenges. Maybe it’s time to get that sickly feeling back!
Here’s a hint: the correct answer is C) Lifelong learning! The questions are how do we remain competitive? How do we stay creative? How do we possibly use our mobile phones?
“I have never let my schooling interfere with my education,” described Mark Twain. For most of us, our formal education was a one-way street where we had few choices and our learning was directed by our teachers. “I began my education at a very early age – in fact, right after I left college,” described Winston Churchill. As adults we can choose our direction by strolling down the many avenues for self-directed learning. We can learn to sail, play golf, edit a move, create pottery, or improve our public speaking through conferences, books, seminars, speaker series or the internet. You can watch college courses on DVD, listen to podcasts during your commute, or take a continuing education course. With such necessity to stay in the know – with so many choices of what to learn and so many ways to learn, we have no excuse, except maybe the dog ate my homework… again.
To keep our jobs, to remain creative, and to accurately set the time and date on our phones we must continually update our skills and knowledge.
What do you need to learn to do better work, make better decisions, and communicate better with those around you? What new skills or subjects will you learn in September? Or what is your favorite excuse?