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Learn As You Go

You don't have to know everything about everything, just the things that contribute to where you want to go.

We're generally not limited by our abilities, but by our knowledge. And it can be hard to outperform our level of awareness, which is why it's important to approach life with an attitude of ongoing learning.

Besides, we live in a world where information becomes obsolete soon after they become available. In order to stay relevant and at the top of your game, ongoing learning is non-negotiable. That degree from 2, 3, 4 or 5 years ago won't cut it anymore. It may open doors but won't keep you in.
And yes, I know, it's easier said than done but here are 3 simple steps to cultivate that learning lifestyle. You don't have to know everything about everything, just the things that contribute to where you want to go.
Know what you need to know

It is not enough to be industrious; so are the ants. What are you industrious about? ―Henry David Thoreau

Getting a post-graduate degree is admirable but not when your work requires a skill that is renewable every 2 years, in which case you're better off with an ongoing certification in that field. One of my favorite original quotes says it better, "there's wisdom in knowing what's worth knowing".

Find ways to acquire information

Knowledge is of two kinds. We know a subject ourselves, or we know where we can find information on it.
― Samuel Johnson

This is the beauty of the world we live in today. Information is everywhere and I would like to think there's no excuse for not knowing what's required to improve in the areas that matter to our life and work and how to get that information. For most of us, the internet may be the first place that comes to mind which is fine, but don't forget, libraries still exist! And if all that fails, find someone who has the information.

Seek new opportunities for the newly acquired knowledge

If opportunity doesn't knock, build a door ― Milton Berle

It's pointless to go through all that without a plan for using it and opportunities don't regularly come knocking. Sometimes, you have to go out and create them–what some would call luck is when this process takes place and you are strategically positioned to seize the moment. This is when your hard work aligns with the right timing and things happen.
Yes, these are all basic ideas, I know, and you've probably heard it before in different ways. But basic ideas are powerful even though they are often the most discarded and not acted upon because of their simplicity so I hope this reminder gives you another reason to pay more attention to these things and create a lifestyle that is focused on consistent learning with the goal of improving your life and work.

Until next time, keep learning!

Tosin Adewumi
The All-Round You | Passion Reveals Purpose

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