Have you noticed it? It frequently shows up on blogs of every venue, is in the headlines relating to a wide variety of topics and is now a topic of many daily conversations. The word is learning. The need for it is huge. The application of it is both immediate and continuous. The ensuing benefits are almost immeasurable. So why aren't more people embracing it?
Why the need? People are finally starting to realize that their high school education or even 4-year college degree is simply not sufficient anymore to prepare them for beneficial employment in the fast-changing, shrinking world in which we live. Employers are looking for specific skills and the ability to quickly adapt to changes in the workplace. Those persons who can meet these new-market employer needs are both in demand and challenged with the opportunity to grow with their new company. Those who do not embrace change, new technology and respond to dynamic employer needs will simply be left behind. The need for learning faster, learning for profit as I like to call it, has never been more relevant or necessary than it is right now.
Obviously, the workplace in our new-market economy is the motivator, but exactly who and what is actually driving this? It appears that it may be the college-educated professional who is realizing her need for updated, improved or new skills relevant to their dynamic workplace requirements and opportunities for growth. Change is accelerating around us, creating both exciting opportunities and dire dread for many people. Those who embrace change and seek to fortify or improve upon their skill-sets through continuous learning will certainly experience less stress and greater fulfillment than those who simply watch as all of this change happens around them. The less-educated are generally oblivious to the fact that it is their lack of relevant, specific skills in a changing market than is hindering them.
Accelerated learning is learning for profit. It is the skill-set most often lacking in many people, those hungry for opportunity as well as those simply trying to keep up. Those persons who have assessed their current prospects for continued employability and all available new-market opportunities, typically are in a pattern of continuous learning and have intense desire to improve their skills. What is missing from the equation is the speed at which they can learn this new material. The faster you can learn a new skill and apply it to your profession, the quicker you will begin to realize the profitable benefits of your efforts. Learning faster then, is not an option, but mandatory in order to get ahead. My new book, Learning For Profit, addresses these concerns, providing both practical insights and specific steps to developing new accelerated learning skills. (a shameless plug!)
The wave of change is persistently coming, pushing us, always on our heels. Staying just ahead of this wave, always being prepared through continuous learning and market awareness, will provide unlimited opportunities for the wise.