If you’re a a current member of the workforce, whether you’re the CEO, a middle manager, administrative assistant, or the security guard, continual learning and growth are key to your success. You need look no further than your cellphone or computer to see how rapidly technology is changing the way things get done. Today, keeping up is not just about being trendy. It’s the reality that governs just about every aspect of our lives – especially work.
All employees and their jobs are impacted by these rapid changes, as well as market forces that are often unpredictable and uncontrollable. To navigate the turmoil and succeed, you’ve got to have the right mindset – one that honors uncertainty, continuous learning and growth as the new normal. One that recognizes that change is natural, even though it may have seemed that in the past, stability reigned supreme.
You can’t have fixed ideas and ways of doing things while the world around you swiftly evolves. If, like many people, your reaction to change is anxiety driven by fear, take the time to understand the reasons for a new way of doing things. Talking it over with someone you trust may help get you unstuck and moving in the direction that is inevitable if you want to be successful. Consider finding a younger person – a reverse mentor – who can clue you in and help you better understand emerging technology.
So, get curious and learn about the new things that are changing your industry. Stop pining away for the old days and get comfortable with the new processes your company is implementing.
Keep pace with change by continually learning and growing.