My motto: EVOLVE or EVAPORATE.
\\ Those are your two options to surviving + making it today.
Either you evolve + grow OR you are outgrown + rendered obsolete. Extinct.
I’m a BIG fan of lifelong learning + self-improvement.
Whether it is in the traditional sense of finishing school, reading books to quench your thirst for knowledge, or taking a workshop to advance a skills set:
Learning is purely for YOU
(and your enjoyment)!
Nobody can take that away from you.
\\ I hate to break it to you but we are dying. Every day. As we age, our body + mind is not as quick & clear anymore. We slow the process by eating healthy, exercising, taking vitamins + but also practicing the mind to stay sharp and quick. This is why the elderly are encouraged to play mind exercise games — Sudoku, crossword puzzles, as well as video games!
My years of formal education are over. I graduated college back in 2008 and have no desire to go back to a formal setting but I’ve continued to soak up the world in other ways.
+ The companies I worked for have paid for training courses that enhance my skills set in my field + getting certifications rock!
+ Read like it’s my day job — the news, the internet, journals + books
+ I attended a blogging workshop called The Blogcademy last year. This trio of A-List bloggers travel the world and teach aspiring bloggers how to succeed in the digital world. The workshop I attended was in Austin, TX which gave me an excuse to travel + learn! They covered the basics that I already knew but what was the jewel of attending was the motivation + energy of all the other students.
We came from all around the world with different backgrounds + ages but we all had a passion + idea and we encouraged and motivated each other to succeed with everything we had. Being around ambitious, motivated + passionate people only makes you more so. That’s the type of energy I thrive in. Do you?
+ and don’t stop. Future plans? I am attending the Write Yourself into Motion workshop in Brooklyn taught by the wonderful Alexandra Franzen. Gotta sharpen up these writing skills to communicate with sharp laser-like focus.
How can YOU continue to be on the grind?
+ Traditional Route: Get that degree + more. Start applying and studying for those SATs/ACTs, GMAT, MCAT + LSAT!
+ Start studying for that certification. Bonus: boost your resume credentials!
+ Attend a workshop OR sign up for a class in your community college/adult education center to hone in a certain skill: a foreign language, knitting, anything creative + or amping up your technological prowess
+ Read. Read. Read. I cannot stress the importance of reading to today’s generation and my peers.
+Pick up a How-To guide on the internet and follow through on a min-DIY project. Teach yourself something new…fool.
+Listen to other people’s stories. The spoken word is strong. Listen & Learn
++What do you do to continue learning?