Keep Learning in Order to Keep Making Money

Let’s use that brain and keep learning every day!

Have you ever met anyone that’s especially closed minded, and resistant to change? Someone who can’t handle bigger changes in work, technology, or society – who pines for the way things “used to be” with respect to most things?

Those days aren’t coming back. Neither is the slower pace of change that may have been a part of things in an era gone by. It sure seems as though the velocity of change keeps accelerating each passing year that goes by. Heck, it’s probably more like each passing month or week that goes by.  Technology, frameworks, processes, and communication platforms are changing rapidly. This isn’t like the telephone was invented, and then decades went by before cordless phones were the “cool thing” for years. Change seems to be happening faster and faster all the time.

Along those lines, I think it’s more important than ever to focus on life-long learning. I had included continual learning as one of 15 ways to grow and protect net worth in a prior post.  If we instead keep the mindset of people who just like things “the way they have been”, and are slow to adopt different changes, we risk getting left behind. If we don’t keep up, somebody else somewhere is. Not only that, but others are driving change. Thus, it’s best to keep our head in the game, be flexible, and stay with the changes.

In addition to technological changes, I’ve come to believe that it’s probably a good idea to try to learn from any situation and any job you have. You might be in a job you don’t like right now, and it might seem like what you’re doing is not aligned with your true interest.  Fair enough.

Thing is, not sure about you, but I’ve come to find that I’ve learned lessons from every job I’ve had over the years. Yes, even a few that I had all the way back in high school. One thing is that I don’t ever want to be in that type of job again:) Other than that, and more practically, I learned some communication skills and how to handle customers. One high school job I had was as a customer service representative. At first, I was taken aback by the angry customers who came in to complain; that’s pretty much who I dealt with. However, after a while, I began to learn strategies to handle them, and resolve issues while making them feel like they got something out of the deal. It became a fun challenge to try to turn a skeptical and irritated customer into a happy one.  These foundational skills have come in handy over the years, successfully dealing with certain people in my professional career.

Also, I’ve learned to keep in mind that when you try to learn and do your best, someone is often looking. Your reputation in a job that might seem entry level can carry a lot of weight with people who can open doors for you to better jobs. An approach of continual learning can pay off in numerous way.

Why do I say all this? Well, I think that when I was much younger, I didn’t always try to be an early adopter. Rather, I would get comfortable with a certain way of doing things, or a certain job environment, and be content. It took me some time, but I’ve come to see that my own successes have come by actively trying to learn from every situation, and improve even in some small way as a result.

If change is inevitable, we might was well take an approach of active learning, intellectual curiosity, then and adapt and/or better ourselves each passing day.

What Do You Think?

Do you try to take an active approach to learning from your experience each day?

Do you also think that it’s become more important to embrace continual learning each passing year?

Have you also noticed an accelerating rate of change in our jobs, technology, communication platforms, etc?

 

Comments

  1. says

    We really do need to keep learning for our whole lives. There’s so many books, so little time! And so many skills we can learn that can benefit ourselves and our families and beyond.

    I think you’re right to say we should embrace learning and be on top of change!

    • Squirrelers says

      Kacie – change is inevitable, we might as well try to embrace it. It’s to our advantage. Admittedly, it’s something that doesn’t always come naturally to me, so I’ve had to work on accepting and realizing this.

  2. says

    Agreed! I am 65 (considered ancient by some), but I hope I never lose the desire to continue learning. For example, personal computers did not show up in the work place (or homes) until I had been out of college for about 20 years. I am glad I decided to embrace the new technology instead of letting it pass me by.

    • Squirrelers says

      Joe – that’s great. A great example of what you’re talking about is your blog. One of the early ones I came across when discovering the world of personal finance blogs, actually!

  3. says

    I have noticed an accelerating change during the past several years, even as a twenty something who is still young. I agree with you that is important and, in fact, almost essential to a successful future, to continuously learn and grow your knowledge and experience. During the past few years, I have started accelerating in my success due to my continuous learning and motivation to keep bettering myself. It has really turned out well so far and hope it continues well into the future.

  4. says

    Learning is a life long journey. Research shows that keeping your mind active keeps Alzheimer’s away.

    Personally I enjoy learning new things! Best thing about buying a house? A whole bunch of things to learn – from howto mow the lawn to shovel snow! :)

  5. says

    It helps if you are passionate about the field you are in because it makes it easier to pick up new skills. So yes it’s important, but it could be very annoying if you’re not interested!

  6. says

    The accelerated change in tech certainly facilitates the learning process, making it easier, quicker to access information, at least for those willing to use it. But it also has the potential to quickly distribute misinformation. Which is the unfortunate side effect. As long as people are able to weed out the bad info, they will benefit from continued tech growth and improvement.

  7. says

    I love to learn, but I tend to do it on my own more so than at my job. (My job tries to force boring training on everyone about topics nobody will ever use.)

    Just think about how much we have all learned about blogging in a relatively short amount of time. Your post made me realize I need to ramp up the learning a little more as I seem to have gotten to a point of contentment and probably should push forward a little more.

  8. Robert says

    Learning is a lifetime process, when you stop learning it means you’re not existing. Many people don’t want to make a change in their lives that’s why most of the time they fail.

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