I hated school… Learning was not important to me. Living was more important than listening to what others had to say or teach me. So in this environment of Facebook and the constant state of change… we are all forced to learn new ways of doing things!
There was such an uproar last week with the new Facebook lists, timeline, and news feed changes.. that I thought people were going to start a revolt not seen since the Civil War. The North was the geeks and the South was the casual user who just did not get it or want to change!
Change is a fact of life nowadays! When was the last time you bought a piece of software that came with an instruction manual? Now the software just updates it's self and you are left to search out blogs, news stories, and more about what changed and how to utilize it! Staying current takes additional learning. It takes time, research, and a whole bunch of effort. Trust me… I see both sides now! I have gone through some very bad webinars and classes (like the guy who did a webinar about doing “Killer Webinars” that was so lame, I left half way through it).
An interesting fact is that my dad grew up as the son of a tailor (insert “House of The Rising Sun” riff here), who helped out in his family's laundromat. I seriously doubt that at 10 years old in streets of New York City, that he someday dreamed he would be a trainer and course developer working for one the world's largest corporations. I think the profession chose him and not the other way around… and he was very well respected and damn good at it.
Another ironic thing… is I have an Electronics Technician degree. I know just enough about electronics that I can actually fix a few things, but not nearly enough to repair anything new that's come out in the last 10 years. That degree is so outdated, that I could not imagine going back and trying to learn how to fix things today. I network with a guy (Ken from R&R Automotive) who says it cost him $3000 to update the software just to diagnose problems on cars today because they're so computerized. So staying in tune with current technologies, trends and tactics, is a full-time job. So believe me… as a educator and trainer, I understand how overwhelming all of this “New Technology” stuff can be to somebody who “Just Does Not Get It”.
So this is the point of the blog where you're asked yourself ”Self? what does this have to do with the price of peanut oil?”. If my dad chose to be a tailor, I have a feeling that he would've been damn good at it… and if I continued to be an electronic technician working with transistors and resistors, I would have failed miserably and be so outdated right now! Especially in today's marketplace… you have to learn to evolve and educate yourself to stay contextual, influential and relevant. That means that you have to make time to learn new things and learn to adapt to change like never before… PEOPLE Facebook is never going back to the way it was and more changes are on the way!!!
Rapid change is now a way of life (and it's only going to get faster). So with all that said… I want to offer you a couple of tips of the thinking help you grow your business and yourself to stay contextual, influential and relevant…
- Learn to Grow… and Grow to Learn – I've seen a lot of unemployed people who tend to lean on their experience as if somebody owes them something… but companies are always looking for something faster, better, cheaper. It's common knowledge that you can only pick 2 of those… So how do you learn to present yourself as the best option, and use your experience as the dealmaker? Don't rest on your laurels… Keep learning!
- Plan to Learn… And Learn to Plan – Sometimes we're just too busy despite ourselves. If you don't set time aside to learn, reflect, plan, grow and change… then you will just end up reacting to change… and that's a major “Time Suck” in business! Spend a little bit of time exploring articles and people of interest, and see what they have the say. Then plan out some time that you can dedicate solely to… learning new things, trying new things, failing at new things, and growing yourself and what you have to offer!
- Make A Difference – Teach to Learn and Learn to Teach… Every time I give a presentation I learn what's important to my audience. and that teaches me what's important to me and my business. Each time you teach a class or do a presentation to a networking group, be sure that class or group is ready, willing and able to learn! Give them some REAL knowledge that they can take away… and show that you are a trusted expert that they can count on in the future! Show your knowledge in a good light, but don't do a commercial for your business. You will be met with rave reviews… if you are contextual, influential and relevant!!!
Bonus Video of the Week
“SOMEONE CHANGED MY FACEBOOK TODAY… SO NOW I'M REALLY TICKED OFF… STEP OFF… STEP OFF… STEP OFF… STEP OFF!”
I am all about teaching things in a slightly unorthodox way…. This clip from “School of Rock” shows the perfect way to think outside the box and teaches you how to write a rock anthem to FACEBOOK CHANGES… ENJOY!!!