You’ve probably graduated from something; high school, trade school or college. That’s all the knowledge you need, right? I’m sure it wasn’t that long ago and I’m also sure life will teach you the rest. I mean really, what is there left to learn?
There is nothing left
Are you familiar with the 1898 story about the Patent office to close and the employee quitting because there was nothing left to invent? Well, that story might have been embellished over time but do you feel you have peaked with your learning capacity? Or better yet, have you learned all you want to learn?
When you see how fast technology moves and all the incredible inventions and discoveries that have come about in just the last 3-5 years, there can’t possibly be anything left to discover, right?
The fax machine
When I first started in the business world, the fax machine was relatively new. Now, it is relatively gone; how about that?
Just a generation ago change came much more slowly. Now I think it’s safe to say most of what the kids learn their first year in college will be obsolete by the time they graduate. To me, that is a pretty sobering thought.
The bait shop
With every new change, discovery, upgrade or invention; do you embrace it or does it have you looking for that bait shop to buy down at the beach, so you can retire? I mean really, how much stress and technology goes with that gig?
I should be good
I belong to a gym and we jokingly say how close we are to the optimal level of fitness and we can’t wait to get there because of course, then we won’t have to work out anymore, huh?
Do you ever feel you are really close to the optimal level of knowledge and you really don’t need to learn anymore? Of course we all know as soon as you quit learning you run the chance of becoming irrelevant.
I am Superman
Knowledge is power; no doubt about it. It opens doors, sustains conversations, creates opportunities, keeps you fresh, confident and relevant.
Do you think knowledge helps you manage all the change and technology we see everyday? Are you forward thinking and welcome it, or do you just wish we could get back to the ‘good ol’ days’? I had a grandmother who lived to be 102 and I asked her about the ‘good ol’ days'; her reply was “trust me, things are much better now”.
Can’t we all just get along?
In closing, knowledge and communication helps us understand others; especially people who are different from us. It helps eliminate the ignorance and prejudices that seem to cause conflicts and even wars.
Do you like to keep an open mind with child-like discovery? Personally, I feel this is what keeps me fresh and young at heart.
Learn on, and enjoy your journey.