Day 1 – Learn

Never stop learning.

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I’ve tried to live by this simple core belief since I was very young. Continuing to challenge your brain is crucial to keeping happy in life (and in your career). In fact, one of my favorite hashtags to review every so often if #TIL (today I learned…).

In IT, it can feel like it’s hard to really learn anything new. You’re constantly jumping from one place to another putting out fire after fire. So, here’s the deal: if you don’t learn something today at your job, learn something completely unrelated at home.

It doesn’t matter what you learn, it doesn’t even have to be around a particular passion. It can be anything as long as you get value or enjoyment from it. If you can pass that learning off to someone else, then that’s even better. Just don’t think that it has to be any one thing – be a voracious consumer of everything. This is how you determine where your passions lie.

A word of caution: Sometimes what we think is learning is just a time sink.

For me this was when I discovered Wikipedia. For a while I thought I was alone in this, but I guess not…

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