They say timing is everything. Maybe it is the combination of timing and learning that is “everything”. A few weeks ago, I shared some thoughts from Dr. Colburn who talked about the importance of being a lifelong learner. This week, I ran across this article from The Ladders that makes the argument that continued learning is the single most important skill in the 21st Century. One of the points the author makes is that if you are not embarrassed or at least concerned about how you handled things in the past, you are not learning. When we learn, we get better, and reflect on how we could have done better.
Thomas Oppong opens his article with “You may not realize it, but your skills, knowledge, and competency (past, present) are either helping you advance your career or hindering your progress in life.” Oppong goes on to cover key ideas such as
- Learnability (the desire and capability to develop in-demand skills) makes you indispensable
- Embracing career learning
- Picking short term and long-term learning goals
- Knowing your learning style
Read more about the single most important skill of the 21st century that will take your career to the next level: https://www.theladders.com/career-advice/important-skill-21st-century-career-next-level