It’s amazing how prevalent the resistence to new learning is in most workplaces. The compromise most people like to make is “How can I learn the least in the longest period of time.” After all, we have to have new learning simply to survive. Why do we resist?
The answer is, new learning will change our reality. After all, we already figured it out at 13 years old. Since then, we’ve been trying to prove that that point of enlightenment was the culmination of all new learning that could change our lives. Nobody wants to change when he or she has figured out the nature of reality.
For example, we live in the knowledge-base era. New learning is expected to be a necessity in the world of work. And most Gen Xers and Gen Yers are right on board when new learning involves Information Technology (IT) The same is not so true when it involves creativity, innovation, or quantum-thinking. These cognitive skills require transformation in the most fundamental way. In this sense, younger workers are no different than mature workers.
When Shelly Novak joined a high tech, cutting-edge organization on the West coast, she saw it as a dream come true. She quickly learned that she was not as skilled as she presumed herself to be. Having come from an organizatiion that had put up with resistant learning on her part, until they figured she had no future there, she found herself agreeing to a mutual parting of the ways. In her new position, she sudenly found herself surrounded by hotshots that operated in different reality. She concluded the gap was simply too much cover in her desire to meet the expectations of her new organization. Her fate was predictable. Find a place where she could “nest,” and fake it for as long as she could finesse it! As of this writing, she’s still surviving.
So, what’s the point? Without continuous learnig, your days are numbered. And that goes for us all. We are only as valuable as our personal stock. That is, our value on the Market of Work–similar to the Stock Market. Are we blue chippers, junk bonds, or quick risers and fallers?
This is the discussion in the first chapter of the book, “How to Become a Total Failure.” Free download on wwwtenwaystofail.com. Buy 10 copies and get a discount. Give them as gifts to friends for which you want to send a message. There are some wonderful messages in this book.
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