I attended the retirement party for a colleague the other day. In his closing comments he provided a quote that I liked, wrote down and wanted to share with you. "Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever." (Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi) It struck me because so many people approach their careers (and life) in such an opposite manner. As they become older they are less willing to take a risk and attempt to learn new things.
Just think about the number of baby boomers that have not yet engaged in the Web 2.0 world. You can probably count the number of bosses you know that have embraced the technologies now available to improve their skills and communication with their team’s on one hand. Now there is a risk using web 2.0 also. As an executive masters the skill, they isolate themselves from their peers and bosses. They achieve results these others may never understand and this may scare the others. While Ghandi did not contemplate web 2.0, he did understand the endless progression of knowledge.
What ideas do you have for continuously enhancing your skills while not alienating your peers and superiors?