Learning Never Stops

I love learning new things. Some things are a huge success and others not so much. The important thing is to try.

This weekend at a trade show I came across a mini back-hoe at the Operating Engineers Training Institute of Ontario booth. I don’t want to become a back-hoe operator but, oh, a chance to use the controls and gain an understanding of how they work! Be honest – doesn’t a little part of you want to play in the dirt with a big machine?IMG_0668uca_1

Our learning never stops, well, I hope it doesn’t. I cringe when I hear a graduating high school student say that they will never have to crack a book, study, or write an exam again. In reality, their learning has only just begun.

Is there something you’ve always wanted to learn? Is there something that’s holding you back in your career?

  •  play a musical instrument

  • speak another language

  • attend a garden party at Buckingham Palace with confidence

  • rumba without stepping on your partner’s toes

  • flip an omelet with just a flip of the wrist

  • higher accreditation in your field

All of these start with baby steps. That is where many fail and never achieve their dreams. After taking a giant step they become frustrated and quit. Twinkle Twinkle Little Star comes before Mozart’s Piano Sonata in C Minor. Baby steps.

Many things can be learned from studying a book. There are on-line tutorials for playing an instrument. There are CDs for leaning a language. There are etiquette books to prepare you for that Buckingham Palace garden party. There are volumes on Excel to boost your office skills. Most learning is easier though if an understanding instructor guides the learning. It is also more likely to be continued. A good instructor:

  • encourages

  • knows when to push and when to stop

  • does not intimidate

  • listens

  • gives (and therefore receives) respect

What would you add to the list?

Happy learning in whatever you choose. Let me know. I know a great place if you want to learn to operate a back-hoe!

A good instructor makes all the difference!

A good instructor makes all the difference!

About etiquetteottawa

Founder and Owner of the Protocol School Of Ottawa
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2 Responses to Learning Never Stops

  1. karenhickman says:

    Well said, Suzanne. I think you may have a future in earth moving.

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