Learning new skills is one of the best ways to makes me marketable and happy. Every time I learn something new, my brain changes in a pretty substantial way.
As I grow older, I’ve come to realize how important knowledge really is. It’s true that our brains are the most prime to take in new knowledge when we are young, but the trouble is that young people have a much harder time realizing the long-term benefits of learning. As an adult it can be much harder to learn and retain new knowledge, but it is still possible! Here are some really useful things you can do every day to make sure you are always filling your head with new knowledge.
Keep up with news daily
Read at least one daily newspaper from your own metropolitan area. Read at least one, and preferably two or three, publications in your industry.
Benefits of Keeping Up-to-Date on Your Industry.
First, you’ll make better decisions, and you’ll spot threats and opportunities early on, which can give you a competitive edge. This is especially important if you contribute to shaping your organization’s strategy. It’s also important if you’re involved in sales and marketing, where it helps you identify and take advantage of the sales opportunities that come your way.
Secondly, keeping up-to-date with your industry is key for building expert power by developing expertise in your job and your industry; you’ll earn the trust and respect of the people around you.
I highly recommend using Google to keep up with daily news in your industry or area of interest. It’s a super quick and simple way to stay current and find great content to share!
Subscribe to educational email newsletters.
There are email newsletters available for almost anything you’d want to learn, and many of them are daily, which means learning something new every day is as simple as opening your inbox
Read a Book
I realized recently though that I really just need to find books that keep my attention and cover topics I am deeply interested in.
Read a Wikipedia Article Every Day
This is something I’ve been doing for quite some time now. It’s particularly good for learning about things you’ve always wondered about but never had the time to research.
Youtube has been a great resource for researching science experiments and just learning random things.
Learn from your peers
It is possible for IT people to overcome the natural tendency to isolate themselves from their peers, but it takes time and patience. If you can begin to take advantage of these kinds of opportunities, everyone benefits. Everyone is an expert on something. Why not pick the brain of your colleague or friend? Find out something they are thoughtful and knowledgeable about and start asking questions! This can be a great social instrument too. Everyone likes talking about their own knowledge and experience, and giving people the opportunity to communicate about it can be very worthwhile.
StumbleUpon is a huge collection of the most excellent pages on the Internet. StumbeUpon is a great daily resource for learning about random, off-the-wall or obscure topics. It also gets better over time based on the topics you enter and the articles you thumb up.
Quora is an amazing resource for expanding your knowledge or even sharing your own! Take some time a few days a week to browse around the topics that matter the most to you.
Watch a Documentary
I love documentaries because they don’t require a huge time commitment and usually have a lot of visuals which help to keep me engaged and interested.
So those are a few of the techniques I use to make sure I’m learning new things every single day. Do you have any tips of your own? If so let me know in the comments section below. Thanks for reading!
It’s never too late to start over. If you weren’t happy with yesterday, try something different today. Don’t stay stuck. Do better.