Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Web Secret #353: Learning all the time

I learned two important skills, a long time ago, in high school and college.
1. How to research the crap out of any topic.
2. How to write - really well - about anything.

I use them all the time for work.

But everything else I do on a daily basis for my current job, I learned during the past 10 years.

Some of it, I just learned yesterday. I wish I was kidding.

I have to keep up, just to tread water.

Now the good thing is that I am at heart an information junkie and a lifelong fan of learning stuff.

The bad thing is I never would have imagined how much new stuff I have to learn all the time, because everything is changing so damn fast.

And it's right around the corner.

Just this morning, I came across two articles:

"Professional Millennials and Super-Powered Smartphones are Changing the Working World". The Economist’s Cover story — January 3rd 2015.

"How tiny robots will rewire our world". Fast Company, February 2015.

I need to read these articles. 82 million Millenials are entering the workforce. There are 16 billion active wireless-connected devices in the world, and that number may exceed 40 billion by 2020. 2020! That's only 5 years from now. What does that mean? What are the implications for my work? I need to know this.

Every year, I give several talks on the impact of technology on mental health and employee assistance practice. You would think that the presentation I gave in September of 2014 would be perfect for May 2015.

But it isn't. I have to rewrite about 50% of my PowerPoint slides every 6 months.

Sometimes I feel the intellectual equivalent of gasping for air.

Sometimes I wish I had chosen a tech proof career like violin maker, park ranger, pool shark.

Will there come a point when I say "enough, no more"?

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