I love teaching. I also love learning. I admit it – I am addicted to learning.
I want to learn at least one new thing every single day. I prefer to learn at least five new things!
I love learning about personal finances. I also love to learn about my family's history, my wife's family history, gardening, crocheting techniques, piano, violin, guitar, book publishing, anything Purdue University, and more about my friends.
I value learning. I am driven to learn. Why? Let me tell you just one reason …
When I embarked on my first full-time career as a mechanical engineer, I was hired on as an engineering intern for a manufacturing facility for the summer between my sophomore and junior year. My first day, I was assigned the task of creating a new form (big stuff, huh?). The person who assigned this task to me gave me THREE DAYS to accomplish this task. I asked them if they had Microsoft Office. He said that they did.
Thirty minutes later I had the form completed, and it was way better than he ever expected.
It was not because I was an outstanding engineer, it was because this guy had failed to continually learn. He was stuck in the world of Lotus 1-2-3 and had not even really learned that program either. As a result, he had an obsolete skillset that was trumped by someone who was in the midst of continuous learning!
I resolved then and there to ALWAYS be a learner. It is why I "Twitter". It is why I maintain a Facebook page. It is why I have Blackberry phone. It is why I have switched to Google Mail and Google Documents. It is why I try alternative software programs.
What are you doing to ensure that you learn continuously?