Having a “D’oh” Moment?
According to Wikipedia, Homer Simpson uses this phrase when he hurts himself, realizes he has done something stupid or is about to do something stupid.
Ignoring training and skill development can be one of the “D’oh” moments.
Why Do Training Plans Appear After Bad Things Happen?
It seems like human nature to procrastinate on learning new things, or improving existing skills until something bad happens.
We see this all the time with training being an integral part of corrective action plans-yes, even at organizations that receive federal grants.
There’s a problem, so now we have to get training.
Could there be a better way?
3 Benefits of Training and Life-long Learning
Think about how different our professional and personal lives would be if we took a little time to develop ourselves and our skills each day.
We know that human beings are capable of learning, interpreting and applying what we learn in amazing ways.
- Just look at all the cool apps for your smart phone if you don’t believe me.
Here are three benefits of training and life-long learning:
Benefit #1 Adapt to Change
Technology brings great change to both individuals and society.
The speed of change is accelerating into our lives at seemingly light speed.
Life-long learning and training gives us the opportunity to adapt to change in positive, take-control ways.
Benefit #2 Improve Our Confidence
Learning a new skill – even if we don’t become “experts” or “masters” provides us with information about ourselves that improves our levels of self-confidence.
For example, you don’t need to climb Mount Everest in order to learn about mountaineering.
You don’t need to get your Ph.D. in botany to enjoy gardening.
Each and every time we learn new information or hone a new skill we progress.
Every accomplishment – no matter how big or how small gives us the self-confidence to try new things.
Benefit #3 Discover our Potential
(This one is my personal favorite.)
Life-long learning and training allows us to fully develop our potential.
It means that we constantly find ways to stretch ourselves beyond the arbitrary limits placed on us-by ourselves and others.
It can not only make us more valuable to our employers, but also to ourselves and our communities.
Don’t wait for the “D’oh” moment!
Take the time today and unleash your inner super hero.
Learn more, develop more, be more.
It’s never too late to start…even for Homer!
Lucy Morgan CPA, MBA
CEO, Compliance Warrior
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