In this fast paced, ever changing and technologically driven world we find ourselves consumed and busy – too busy to even visit dear childhood friends, call our parents or read a book – any book not bound with 90% advertisements and pictures that is. We tell ourselves we are too busy. The reality is that we find time for the things that we believe are important or that we make a priority.
In my day-to-day professional life, I have found myself so busy that I cannot find time to take a lunch break. I will have a quick bite while sitting at my desk responding to emails and connecting with people at my office who need to talk. One day I realized that this daily grind was a reason I was not keeping up with reading the stack of books I keep collecting. I kept telling myself that someday I will get through them or at least start chipping away at them.
Even though I do believe that learning comes from all around us and not just from books, I have recently found ways to incorporate book reading into my daily life, making my professional and personal life more fulfilling. Learning must be an integral part of life that occurs daily! When we make learning a priority, we grow not only as professionals but as people.
I have also identified alternative ways that I learn from my co-workers, friends, family, volunteering and in some cases from complete strangers. Through interactions, experiences and stories that others share with me, I always take time to reflect on moments when my mind was widened, my eyes were opened and my thoughts became different and new. It is through my interactions with these people that I realize how fortunate I am not only to have had the opportunity to learn but to have identified these experiences as opportunities for growth. An HR career gives me a constant opportunity to learn from others.
The journey is too short. Therefore, our goal is to learn as much as possible so that the impact we make will be that much more powerful. My message echoes that of Mahatma Gandhi: “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.”
Lynnette Holsinger, SHRM_SCP, SPHR, GPHR