Sunday, July 20, 2008

The benefits of continuous learning (Part 1)

According to an article in the Wall Street Journal, with a downturn in the economy, there has been an increase in the amount of admission applications to business schools for advanced degrees. Why wait for a slow down in the economy, loss of job, or even wait until the kids graduate college in order to advance your learning.

“Don’t ever think you know as much as you need to know, or that you know more than the majority so you’re better off and that’s good enough. There will always be something to learn, something to discover. Be humble in your knowledge and continually try to learn as much as you can.”

There are multiple ways to continue your learning without having to put two or more years of your life, job or family on hold and it will not break your bank. Let’s take a look at the value of continuous learning and ways we can go about accomplishing this.

Benefits of continuous learning:

It keeps you alert, more interesting, and your mind sharp: This will be very beneficial especially when networking or having small talk at the water cooler. You don’t want to get left behind.

Meet new people: Allows you to make connections that can link to future jobs, business partner(s), and just new friends period.

Earn a higher income: Learning new skills has a potential to increase your income. What critical thinking and analytical skills do you need in your industry to help you increase your income?

According to
Samuel Odle, “Lifelong learning is crucial to our personal success as well as the success of our organizations. Gaining new skills and knowledge energizes us; it gives us strength to tackle the challenges we face in our everyday jobs …”

Stay tuned for Ways to continue your learning (Part 2)


Reggie Waller is president of RWJ Consulting Group, LLC, which provides business and personal coaching, consulting and training services to individuals and businesses. For additional information call 267-254-6800 or visit

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