As you may already be aware, I work in talent management and career development. Over the last 16 years it has never ceased to amaze me how many people I help who have become ‘stuck’ due to lack of personal or self development.
The most successful people I have worked with have been those who never believe they have their career or their life ‘sorted’. The successful people I have worked with are constantly striving for personal and professional excellence and improvement.
“Live as if it was your last day. Learn as if you were to live forever” – Ghandi
People can be resistant to learning and developing, usually for one of two reasons;(a) Scared of change / trying something new and unfamiliar or (b) their Ego. If they are a manager, they can often feel like they should be the knowledge leader and that training or any form of learning is an admission of failure or weakness.
If you are uncomfortable being open and have a desire to be ‘covert learner’ to get a feel for new things, there are so many options available to you, from podcast channels such as http://www.maximisepotential.com to video channels such as http://www.ted.com to great articles from Harvard in the HBR blogs, kindle books, distance learning…etc. Most of the people I help, often get a ‘thirst for knowledge’ and become almost ‘addicted’ to self improvement as it can be very empowering.
Another more pragmatic way of looking at self development is that statistics from a Yale study demonstrate that leaders in business who continue on a journey of life long learning earn up to 43% more than those who decide that they already know enough.
As always, it’s your choice. Go on a quest to gain all the knowledge you can throughout your life, or stop….. and risk being stuck, or possible regress.