Thursday, June 17, 2010

Learn to Grow

"Iron rusts from disuse, stagnant water loses its purity and in cold weather becomes frozen; even so does inaction sap the vigor's of the mind"

~ Leonardo Da Vinci

In any industry, in any company, in any role, it is important to keep learning - you need to learn to grow. This past weekend I had the opportunity to take part in a course which was both educational and informative, and as always, I was excited by the possibilities of what was presented.

What doesn't excite me, is when the material is presented as a religion. Thankfully, that wasn't the case last weekend but it started me thinking about all of the courses that I have taken that have tried to convert me. What is being presented is another tool in the toolbox - just as you wouldn't use a hammer without a nail you wouldn't subscribe to one product, or only way of doing or teaching something. That's not progressive, that's stagnating and that defeats the purpose of learning.

Learning means building upon what you already know, not replacing one idea for another. In the word of Craig Charles, 'It's evolve or die, really, you have to evolve, you have to move on otherwise it just becomes stagnant.'

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