About our Blog Post Author:  Karen Seketa, SPHR, is the Communications Director for IndySHRM.  Next year, Karen will be serving on the IndySHRM Board as the Treasurer.  When she is not working on IndySHRM brand initiatives, Karen works as the Director of Staffing Operations at That’s Good HR, Inc.  Karen has over 20 years of staffing industry experience and many of those years include participation in one way or another with our local SHRM chapter.  Karen is a graduate of DePauw University and holds her SPHR and CSP certifications. This post is adapted from the That’s Good HR blog.

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This blog post is for everyone. It does not matter if you are a job seeker, a stay at home parent, an HR professional or someone who has a great job and life is good.  Nothing is a sure thing these days so no matter what your situation, you should always be seeking ways to improve your knowledge, your skills, yourself. I recently came across this video created by IBM titled “THINK” and in watching it, I was overwhelmed with the sheer scope of what we are capable of and how much more we can do. Take a peek at it when you have a chance.

Once you stop learning, you stop living. Status quo is rigor mortis when it comes to progress. Doing things the same way today because that is the way you have always done them simply means that you are not invested in learning and evolving with the rest of the world. Time to get out of your comfort zone and start learning and living.

Look around you, ask questions, challenge processes, debate the status quo, have provocative discussions about life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. If you cannot find someone around you to have these interactions in a non-threatening and safe way, find new people to hang out with and talk to. No one says it better than Joseph Heller in his book “Catch 22” with this line. ““[They] agreed that it was neither possible nor necessary to educate people who never questioned anything.”

It does not matter if the economy is in the dumps or you have too much to do and too little time or if you are just too tired to learn anything new. Stop learning and this will be your reality forever after. Why am I so passionate about this? My strengths lie in teaching and providing. I thrive on engaging with others in way that makes me a better person or helps them to look at the world in a different (hopefully better) way.

Seth Godin does a great job illustrating this and other great points about “What Matters Most” in this slideshow. One of the things that this presentation talks about is the Ripple Effect of learning. On slide 23, one of the contributors, John Wood, says: “Education has a ripple effect. One drop can initiate a cascade of possibility, each concentric circle gaining in size and traveling further.” If you have a few minutes I recommend that you read through this slide presentation – you will learn something of value.

In the HR profession, the way we do business is constantly changing. Every day, there are new laws, processes, interpretations, technology or products that require those in our business to be constantly learning. If we do not, we are behind almost immediately.  Get out there and find a way to constantly learn from the world around you. Even if it is just one small thing every day. Do this and you will find that while the world keeps moving and changing, you will not be left behind.