rainbow-starsWhat’s the one skill that beats all other skills in the workplace? Here are some hints.

  • It can be developed by anyone.
  • It takes only an hour or two per week.
  • You can do it almost anywhere.
  • Some say it contributes to staying young.

Give up?

It’s the skill of being a self-directed learner.

If you have access to the internet, you can study emerging trends in your industry, learn more about your clients, assess your current skill level, connect with others who have similar interests, read online books, join discussion groups, form a meetup group in your community…

Let’s say you don’t have internet access at home. Your public library is full of books to keep your brain engaged and your skills growing. They may even have guest speakers on topics of interest. And how about local associations and interest groups?

There’s almost no end to ways you can stay sharp, grow, and get yourself in front of the curve.

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10 thoughts on “The One Skill That Beats All Other Skills In The Workplace

  1. “Formal education will make you a living. Self-education will make you a fortune.” ~Jim Rohn

    “Don’t wish it was easier, wish you were better. Don’t wish for less problems, wish for more skills.
    Don’t wish for less challenges, wish for more wisdom.” ~Jim Rohn

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  2. they used to call this “autodidact” 🙂 anyways, as a self-directed learner, the one (small/medium sized) problem is that it doesn’t give you a piece of paper that proves you’ve done it. that CAN be a bit of a hindrance. the irony is that there are many things you can learn much faster, much better than in a course. i’ve been thinking to propose to my professional organization to start thinking about giving credits to people who can, one way or another, demonstrate that they’ve learned something in self directed learning. your article gives me a bit of a push to actually do it.

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    1. Hi Isabella,

      That’s a really good point – especially for professions with an annual educational requirement that only recognizes certain types of learning. Many of us lead hurried lives and have to make decisions based on what we can afford – time wise.

      Thank you for sharing your comment. I appreciate it.
      Susan

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  3. You are spot-on and here’s why I think so: take a look at Pinterest (currently the fastest growing social media site, I think….) – it is chock full of people who are sharing their self-directed learning! Cooking, baking, decorating, writing, its all in there. People may not be in Pinterest for business related self directed learning, but they are learning!

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    1. Hi Kimba,

      So right! Learning is not just for business. Thanks for the tip on Pinterest — I’ll take a trip over there today to see what’s new (and I’ll look you up). And thanks for taking the time to comment today.

      Susan

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  4. Self directed learning is so important in business and life! And it’s up to us to find training and teaching and depend on others to hold our hand. thank you for the post!

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