See if any of these ring true:
I place a high value on my learning. I’m always learning. I learn on the job. I’ve learnt from my failures more than my successes. I learn every day. It’s a good day when I learn something. I read books, I watch documentaries, I listen to people.
We say these things to ourselves, but do we ever really think about the value we place on this learning – a cold, hard, bright light of day kind of look at the actual dollar value of a learning mindset?
We suspect not. We are willing to spend money on holidays, dinner, movies, life music (that’s good) and not really weigh in the balance what we get in return (unless it’s a bad gig/movie/meal).
But learning ourselves, adding to that incredible bank of knowledge humans of all ages and all walks of life have in their heads, THAT is rarely truly valued.
According to Forbes contributor Darren Shimkus, there is measurable and significant return on money you spend on learning. Ironically, if you put money in the bank, right now, you will only earn 1%. But think for a moment about the same amount invested in yourself. Think about the value and how long it will last.
Then take the time to think about learning and your overall wellbeing. A movie, a gig, a meal gives you a temporary lift, but what impact does learning have on your overall state of mind, heart and body?
Now, try this simple activity:
The next step is to look at your scores, in particular the lowest scores. Is there a pattern forming here? What would it take to move your self rating score closer to 10?
According to HBR article, Covid-19 has brought unforeseen disruption at breathtaking speed, taking a toll on the physical and emotional wellbeing of leaders and employees.
It has also brought unprecedented learning. Employees and leaders have pivoted (in large part) and learnt to do things they never thought possible, and at hyper speed.
While it hasn’t been great for everyone, it does shine a lot on the power of disruption and our capacity to learn. So, I ask again, what value do you place on your learning, your self-development, and growth, because believe it or not, you are your greatest asset.
Director – Consultant & Coach
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