Continuous Learning

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 have been on a book reading frenzy lately.  I have read The Go-Giver (read my review HERE), The Noticer (given to me by THIS GUY), and the Bible.

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?

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  1. Mike on August 6, 2009 at 7:44 am

    I once had an engineering professor tell me that you won’t use 90% of what you learn in college in the real world. But as an engineer, you are taught how to learn, and how to learn quickly. In ministry, we can’t be afraid of learning something new. Like you, that’s why I read blogs, interact on facebook and twitter, and why I love to read. Thanks Joe for your leadership.

  2. Bob Burg on August 6, 2009 at 7:44 am

    Hi Joseph,

    Great blog post. I couldn’t agree with you more about being a life-long learner. Every day I discover just how much I don’t know. 🙂

    And, a special thank you for your kind mention of John David Mann’s and my book, “The Go-Giver.” Verymuch appreciated!!

    Best regards,


  3. Agent Ken on August 6, 2009 at 6:13 pm

    Hi Joe… My family & I attended your very informative financial session at Fair Oaks Church in Fairfax, VA. It was GREAT ! I love to learn about new things, subjects, gadgets, etc., also. I do what little I can to spread the Gospel, but pale in comparison to your ministry. Your efforts to spread the Word are SO much appreciated! Keep up the GREAT work that you are doing! God bless !!

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