“And no one puts new wine into old wineskins; or else the new wine bursts the wineskins, the wine is spilled, and the wineskins are ruined. But new wine must be put into new wineskins.” ~ Mark 2:22
“The only job security we have is our individual commitment to personal development.” – Kevin Turner
Life has taught me that personal development is critical in the realization of one? dreams. The knowledge and skills that got you to where you are today are not sufficient to take you to where you want to go next. If you think that’s not true, think about the Information Technology field. There is something new all the time especially in recent history and it’s a challenge keeping up with some of the latest developments.
I have a degree in Computer Science that I earned almost five years ago. Most of what I learned back then is irrelevant in this day and age. That? how dynamic Information Technology is. However, this is not just limited to this particular field. Whatever it is you are doing in life you need to be constantly upgrading yourself; that is how God created us. A top leader and mentor in my company put it this way, “If you’re green you are growing and if you’re ripe you’re rotten.”
Given that the world is ever changing it only makes sense that we should also adapt to the changes so that we remain relevant and at the cutting egde of life. This is where you need to have a personal development plan that helps you to accomplish that. It should not be a one time event but a life long journey of self development.
At the moment the FIFA World Cup in Brazil is in full swing with teams from all over the world competing for the ultimate prize in football. A very good example of what I’m talking about is the demise of now dethroned champions, Spain, who won the 2010 tournament. In the ongoing tournament they fielded pretty much the same team that featured in 2010 and played the same style. They came up against Netherlands in their first game of the group stages that only retained about five players from the previous tournament.
To cut a long story short, Spain’s weaknesses were exposed by Netherlands when they suffered a heavy defeat (5-1) at the hands of the Dutch. The Dutch adapted their team by introducing new players that improved the squad as well as their style for different games. Spain only had one formula that many other teams caught onto and therefore, as the Dutch illustrated, nullified their threat.
The lesson is clear: if you want to remain relevant you HAVE TO keep up. Learn something new every day. At the end of say 12 months you would have learned so much more than the next person that didn’t do as you did and that gives you the edge in life. In the next article we are going to review a best-selling book that has helped millions of people around the world to become successful in life. Until then,
Be all you can be!