Learning never ends. Just look at how many “older” folks prove that they are certainly young and savvy at heart by using social media apps like Facebook. While some may scoff and laugh at this, I love seeing their nostalgic and happy posts.
And if they can learn a new skill, what’s stopping you and I? The only thing is our mindset. And so we need to shift into a different-way-of-thinking gear. You have to admit, as frustrating as it is, doing the same thing over and over again is easy. There’s comfort in the familiar. But it also breeds complacency.
It’s out of your comfort zone, where amazing things happen. That’s not just a nice saying – I’m living proof of that.
In the past few years, I have acquired new skills, learnt tough lessons and I have grown tremendously personally and professionally. It would never have happened if I was not open to change and “going with the flow” so to speak. I have made mistakes too. And I have been called out for them as well. How did I react? With “sorry” and “thank you”. I made some mental notes to myself and I moved on; careful never to repeat these mistakes. That’s how we grow and evolve as human beings. It’s about improving so we can be better versions of ourselves. You may say – oh, this is adulting, everyone goes through it.
Do they? Because as I work on myself every day, moulding and re-moulding, getting my hands dirty, (figuratively and literally – I’m a mum after all!) I encounter people who are resistant to learning. For them, it’s their way or the highway! They aren’t prepared to listen to a different view, so they automatically block themselves off from learning new skills. I guess that’s my signal to stay in my lane.
Maybe their realisation, like mine, will come with age. Okay, I’m not that old! But I’m old enough to realise that sometimes you can’t see your own potential; others can. Their advice comes from good intentions so we must take it in that spirit.
Think about it carefully. When applying for a job, aside from your qualifications, you list your characteristics, skills, interests and hobbies. It’s not just there to fill space on your personal resumè. It enables prospective employers to understand you better. It’s what your qualifications or degrees won’t tell them. Like academia, working on yourself is an investment. It doesn’t cost a cent, but how much time and effort you are willing to spend is up to you.
Money does not maketh the man, manners do. We know this. But in the busyness of the business of life we forget. Thankfully, we can always learn again…