Become a Lifelong Learner

Quote: “He who stops being better stops being good.” – Oliver Cromwell

The Japanese have a word that symbolizes constant, never-ending improvement. That word is kaizen. Many of the world’s most successful people have adopted this philosophy as well. Achievers commit to ongoing continual improvement. What about you?

In today’s world, a certain amount of improvement is necessary just to keep with all the new technology. Improving therefore is needed simply to survive. But you don’t want to simply survive, you want to thrive. You can thrive by beginning to make small improvements that target your knowledge, skills, and abilities. Start small and get those wins under your belt, then gradually set new larger ways you can continually improve.

One key to continuous improvement is reading. Yes, you should read at least 1 hour per day in your field. If you work in Human Resources, read something in that field daily. If you work in Supply Management, Corporate Communications, Sales, or Marketing, you should be reading what is going on in your field. You need to become the most educated person in your organization. Becoming one of the best informed in the company will lead to your one day becoming one of the highest paid as well.

When I was a Letter Carrier, I would keep up with what was going on in the Public Affairs Department. I became really good friends with one of the managers and this helped me stay informed. I’m also a voracious reader, so I was always on the lookout for books and reports that had to do with my niche area of interest. Because of that, I am where I am today.

Action Item: Read for 1 hour in your chosen field.

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Monika Dlugopolski

Great reminder. Too often we all get too busy with our day to day responsibilities that we neglect our own needs. Taking a moment a day to do some reading in our chosen field, reflecting where we are in our career and thinking about the next steps, mapping out what’s needed to get there – none of it will happen if we don’t actively think of our own needs. (Make sure you get your regular work done though, nothing will hold you back more if you stop being a high performer).

Jay Johnson

There’s also much to gain from reading outside your field. That’s where you’ll find innovative solutions to your problems.