Learning is not a scarce commodity and you don’t always have to pay a fee for it. It is true that some of the best lessons may come to you at a hefty price. Nevertheless, reading and listening wholeheartedly is free and when you are willing to listen, the quality of knowledge and skills development you can grasp is priceless. Afterwards, it is up to you to use the learning as you wish.
If you are really willing to gain knowledge and develop your skills, you should be receptive and grateful for every learning opportunity that comes your way.
Organizations are one of the best platforms for learning. When you are evolving in a workplace, you constantly communicate with different people and you build a challenging and successful path together. You support and learn from each other. There is an exchange of communication, influence, mentoring, training and memorable experiences.
Reading is an irreplaceable habit that allows you to embrace new ideas and let new thoughts come to your mind. It gives you a new perspective and enables you to absorb the information on your own rhythm.
Travelling is an opportunity to visit new places, meet people with a different culture, open up to diversity and multicultural environments.
Getting a new job is the promise of a new beginning, new goals, new challenges, processes, structure, mission, vision, values and workplace culture.
Talking to people, getting to know them, listening to their thoughts and experiences is a way to reflect on different perceptions and learn how to communicate.
Attending and participating in conferences and training sessions is an opportunity to network and hone communication skills and interesting conversations, by asking questions and gaining new perspectives, as well as forming new friendships.
Getting a degree is an important path to further your knowledge and prepare the way for a different experience through the acquired technical skills.
Assigning a mentor is a sure and quick approach to become knowledgeable and contribute in an efficient way, especially within an onboarding process.
Taking risks is an opportunity to push your limits and see how far you can go. If you want new results, you may have to challenge your routine and change the way you do things - even change the things you do!
Accepting new projects will provide you with a prospect to be creative; it will make you feel challenged, engaged as you will be able to learn new ways to provide products and services, meet new people and work with new customers.
Hiring a coach will help you assess your performance, reach your goals and achieve results you have been longing for, while questioning your own reflections and behaviour.
Spend time around people who want to learn at every opportunity and who are willing to share their knowledge, in order for you to have meaningful conversations. When you get into the habit of exchanging knowledge and teaching / learning new skills, you will gain tremendous confidence in yourself and you will be unstoppable.
"We cannot control what kind of experience we will have, but we can definitely maximize how much we learn from our experience". (1)
(1) Quoted from “Golden Stripes, Leadership on the High Seas”. Reproduced with kind permission of the Author: Captain V S Parani, ISBN-13: 978-1849953146.
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Muriel Matta (BSc, MSc, MPhil, Cert CTT Practitioner) is the Founder of Maravilhosa.
She is a multilingual Human Resources Management expert, with extensive cross-cultural experience, spanning 26 years in MENA, Europe and CIS.
Through her work with Organizations and Individuals, she helps solve the toughest HR challenges by customizing unique training and coaching solutions to inspire change, positive thinking and transformation.
Muriel can be contacted via email: Muriel@maravilhosa.net