Continue Learning, Continue Improving

23 May


lebron-hungerx-large1[1]“Drink deeply from good books…” – John Wooden

Recently,  I attended the Ohio State Strength Clinic, sponsored by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA).  As you might expect, there were several educational and informational presentations delivered by some of the pioneers and leaders in the field of strength and conditioning. I learned a lot.

One of the presentations, Things They Don’t Teach You in School: What You Really Need to Know as a Strength Coach, included a slide about continuous learning that resonated with me.  I especially like it because it applies to everyone, regardless of the field in which one works, studies, etc.

Here are some of the key points:

  • Develop a deep and broad curiosity.  Strive to understand the “hows” and “whys,” and you’ll come away with a much greater sense of understanding.
  • Schedule time.  Don’t wait until you have time.  You need to make time for reading, studying, observing, and learning.
  • Study unrelated fields.  There are lots of parallels among and between school, sports, work, and life.  Be open-minded and you can apply some of those lessons to your situation.
  • Listen.  You can learn a lot more by listening than you can by talking.
  • Find a career coach, mentor, buddy.  Avoid the “I already know enough” trap.  Put aside your ego and learn from others with experience and expertise in your field.
  • Read, read, and read.  Enough said.
  • Put yourself in situations that force you to learn.  Enroll is a class, register for a webinar, or sign up for a workshop.  Commit to it and get it on your calendar.

“Knowledge is power,” according to Sir Francis Bacon.  Continuous learning leads to continuous improvement.


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