It’s a long trip if you are flying solo

Have you ever taken an online course? They are one of the best things that happened in the digital era. It is now possible for someone to learn about any subject they can think of or listen to experts in any field from the comfort of their home. This had led to a proliferation of knowledge (and people with a dozen unfinished online courses). Recently, I began thinking. How many people hear about a great system or learn a useful skill from an online course but never applied it in their lives? They keep meaning to but simply never get started.

Group training
Learning the ropes
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What stopped you from acquiring that new skill (ii)?

Last week, I wrote about the apparent disconnect between a person’s desire to learn a new skill and their ability to commit to a learning program. I also provided four questions to ask yourself if you find yourself dragging your feet over acquiring a new skill. If you haven’t read that post, you might want to do so before this one. This week, I will focus on some of the unique challenges that come from trying to acquire a new skill online.

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What stopped you from acquiring that new skill (i)?

A key characteristic of productive people is that they are always learning new skills. They realise they need to get better at some skills in order to be more effective at what they do. Many people desire to acquire a new skill. Few actually take action to learn that skill. Of those who do, many give up after a few attempts. The desire for self-improvement and the discipline to see it through seem to be two different skills. When you struggle with a new skill, a good place to start is by asking yourself 3 questions:

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What is the one thing you learnt today?

Chalk board

Every day presents a new learning opportunity. The day you stop learning is the day you stop growing. In a world where new information keeps being generated at an astounding rate, it is easy to feel overwhelmed. You need only log in to a social media account to be bombarded by so many details. IBM once estimated that in 2020, human knowledge will be doubling every 12 hours. That’s an exciting thought but it can also be scary. How do you continue to gain new skills to ensure you remain relevant in your chosen field?

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Skill up or become obsolete
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Learn your craft

A graduation cap and tools

The 2020 COVID-19 pandemic revealed a lot about what counts as an essential skill. So many workers, including people pretty high up, previously secure in their roles suddenly found themselves without jobs as more companies looked for ways to cut costs in an attempt to survive lockdown. If you are one of those who still has a job, congratulations. Others have not been as lucky.

In a world where knowledge is being generated at an outstanding rate, having the skills necessary to keep up with it is no longer the responsibility of HR departments. More and more organisations are assuming employees come equipped with certain skills and don’t bother organising training sessions on those skills. Yet how true is their assumption?

LEARN
It’s spelt out

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