Have you ever caught yourself in a meeting thinking, “How does that guy know about that and I don’t?”
Have you ever toured a new place and wondered, “Why didn’t my boss show me this sooner?”
Have you ever left training saying, “Why didn’t the company send us to this years ago?”
If you’ve had those moments, you’ve seen what you’re missing by waiting for others to drive you to learn.
You don’t have to wait.
You can drive your own learning.
There are lots of ways to drive your own learning, but if you’re more interested in steps that in multiple strategies, you can try these four steps.
Step 1: Choose to drive your own learning. It really is that simple to start.
Step 2: Read. You’ll have to read books if you want to learn at a fast pace.
Step 3: Create opportunities to see new things and meet new people. This step varies depending on your strengths. If seeing new things and meeting new people sounds awful to you, focus on finding a person who likes those things who’s willing to bring back all the best information to you. It’s not an ideal set up, but it’s better than nothing.
Step 4: Find the training you need and figure out a way to get it. Often finding training is easy; figuring out a way to get it is harder. If at first you’re told no, don’t give up. Find another route.
Step 5: Practice with the books you’ve read, the people you’ve met, the places you’ve been and the things you’ve been told. Only through practice will you get better at anything.
Are you willing to drive your own learning?
If you’re nodding at the computer screen, fabulous. I’m sure you won’t be disappointed. If you want some hints or tips on Steps 2 through 5, let me know.
If you’re shaking your head, wondering if driving your own learning will make any difference for you, maybe hearing what it felt like for me to come to Step 1 and what I’ve done since, will push you off the fence. You can check out my story below the fold.
If you’re not interested in driving your own learning, let me know if you change your mind. I’ll be here.
The Story Continues…