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Never stop learning and watch your intelligence improve

By Ralph Varcoe

June 16, 2020

productivity hacks

6.12   Up-skill

Productivity hack no.64 from '60 Ways to Hurray! by Ralph Varcoe.


“Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.” So said Malcolm X. And so say parents the world over to their children when they don’t focus in school (some kind of variant of this, at least).

Learning is a privilege, expands the mind and is fun. Those who continue to learn keep fresh minds, open to new possibilities and things they didn’t know or understand before. In my view, learning is something we should all keep doing as it helps to advance us as people and drives a greater collective knowledge and understanding.

My mother is in her mid-seventies and is seemingly never not on a course of some kind. She has an insatiable interest in lots of things; health, wellbeing, and nutrition being at the top of the list. She is so alert and interested. Consequently she is also very interesting. If any of her friends have questions about those topics she’s the first person they call, knowing they’ll get a helpful answer from a really knowledgeable person.

Learning keeps my mother young.

In addition to it being good for you, learning can also help you accelerate toward your goals faster. There may be a skill that you don’t currently possess that would significantly help you.

Say, for example, you want to be able to cook like a celebrity chef, knowing how to chop your onions or carrots quickly and without the need to reach for the blue plasters to patch up bleeding fingers would be a useful skill to learn. If your ambition is to run a sub 3hr30m marathon you might think about learning as much as you can about nutrition and recovery so that your hours out pounding the streets can be put to best use. If you’re bidding on a significant piece of business with a client and you’re likely to need to present the solution and pricing to their board you’d be well advised to undertake a presentation skills course to give yourself the best possible shot at winning.

Think about your current skill levels and the tasks you’re going to need to complete as you reach for your goals, then write down the areas where you might want to up-skill yourself. And, just like any of your goals, make sure you then create a comprehensive list of actions/process steps to enable you to achieve the up-skilling goal.

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Ralph Varcoe

About the author

For over 20 years, Ralph has run sales and marketing teams across large enterprises and smaller start-ups, at companies such as Orange, Tata Communications, Virgin Media, Spirit Ai and others. He brings a wealth of experience in personal and professional development with a laser focus on enabling people to achieve more than they thought possible. He's a published author and musician with a passion for creating - be that change, the right solution, exciting campaigns, the right environment for customers to succeed, or podcasts, videos and written content.

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