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Jun 2018

Knowledge Is There for the Taking—So Take It

It has never been easier to educate yourself on almost any topic. Here is don’t-miss advice from Leader’s Edge magazine on making time for learning.

We may never really comprehend the power of the phone we hold in our hands, perhaps the very phone you are reading this on.

At our fingertips is the knowledge that mankind has accumulated on engineering, physics, mathematics, philosophy, economics, medicine, martial arts and making a soufflé or throwing a curve ball.

But Elizabeth McDaid, The Council’s senior vice president of leadership and management resources, has a question for you: are you making use of all this knowledge?

“There are some great side effects to acquiring knowledge,” she writes in the Leader’s Edge magazine article “Take Five: Knowledge Converts into the Kind of Things Money Can’t Buy.”

“It helps you think bigger and better as your brain works more effectively. It expands your vocabulary, making you a better communicator. You could become more interesting and charismatic and possibly even more independent and handy, depending on what you decide to learn.”

McDaid found tips for learning (despite having no time) from accomplished business and political leaders, researchers and motivational speakers. But all of those ideas are hinged on one rule: spend at least five hours a week on learning.

“Even if you work hard, if you don’t take the time to constantly and deliberately learn, you will be part of a new ‘at-risk’ group simply because it’s hard to keep up in our rapidly changing world,” she says.

Some of the article’s other key tips:

  • Make time to read even when you are overwhelmed and too busy. Keep that schedule and don’t get distracted by calls or fiddle with your phone.
  • Apply the learning right away to help you remember what you learn.
  • When you can’t read, listen to podcasts or books on tape. (Plus, you can go to The Council’s Resource Center and watch or listen to a microlearning session at