What Are We Doing? – Learning

   I want to help the industry I am part of with several items I see a lot of in the IT industry. This series is entitled:

What Are We Doing?

   As we progress through these articles, I encourage you to post input or topic suggestions or problems that you may experience so we can improve our industry as a whole together.

Continuing on, this week’s topic will be:


The IT industry is an industry that needs to learn things at a wild fire pace all while not getting time or budget for formal training. However, if a system goes down or a failure occurs and it takes a long period of time to fix, the root cause analysis will ask why it took so long to fix ad how we can fix that issue. Does this sound like a viscous circle?

   Do you do this with your personal learning as well? “Justify” that you can’t learn more because you don’t have the time, but the nightly programming on your “demotivation box” at home is on several hours a night. Or do you use that time more efficiently by researching topics or educational items you want to learn about? What are you putting into your mind or allowing to be put into your mind on a daily basis? Have you heard the term “GIGO – Garbage in Garbage Out”? We know that doesn’t work well fort a computer system but do we allow that in our personal lives?

   I know the last thing you want to do when you get home is perhaps get on-line more after fixing network or computer issues all day. Some may argue that this would require more time to learn something for work that you are not getting paid for.

   If we look at this a bit differently, we can see a positive perspective for learning. The value we increase our mind with by learning the additional resources is exponential. If the “extra pay” doesn’t come now it will come later. Does a farmer get paid before he plants the crops or after he harvests the crop? Additional learning is our personal crop. We need to grow it, take care of it, keep the weeds out and as it matures and grows, we can then harvest it. Keeping the weeds out is disregarding the negative criticism we may hear from co-workers about doing extra work for nothing etc. This may take more than a day, week or month. Patience is a virtue. We need to Give before we Get in many situations in life.

    The value we receive from learning shows that we have the ability to add value to ourselves and our team because then we can share what we learn. We also see the extra value in the long run when we receive possible raises or promotions with the extra learning that builds our value as an employee and person. Not to mention, you become much more diligent about your time management. For example, if you are in your car and stuck in traffic, you can be learning great things from audio books or encouragement information in your car. This makes the time more valuable and utilizes your time proficiently.

   So What Are We Doing? Are we utilizing our time to the fullest so we can learn what we need to learn on our jobs or in our personal lives? Are we taking the time required to learn current or new items that will make us more valuable at our job or personally? Look at your day and find the “dead” time areas of your day and fill them with improvement time. Then we can share that knowledge with others so they can advance their value and knowledge. 

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