My mom used to tell me that if you can read, you can learn anything and go anywhere. I realized the truth of that when I was about 7 years old, and she took me to the library for the first time. I was in awe that all those books were available to anyone who wanted to read them. Through books, I went on grand adventures, visited different parts of the world, and learned all sorts of new things...and it put me on a path of lifelong learning.
Given that, I just heard the best news - October is National Learning and Development Month (only in the USA, but I'm encouraging that anyone in any country take advantage of it)!
Why is this a good thing? Because it places an emphasis on continued learning; it says you don't stop learning when you're done with school; it encourages us to think outside our every day; and it means I can still buy fresh school supplies every fall (okay, I did that anyway).
Seriously, though, with the amount of content available on the internet today, we have a ton of ways to learn and to continue growing. Think about what you do in your job every day - is there something that you learned by the end of the day? Is there something that you'll do differently tomorrow because of what you learned today? In today's business environment, you have to continue learning to be relevant.
In honor of National Learning and Development month, I want to encourage you to plan how you're going to learn in October and commit to that plan. Some ideas to get you started: