Monday, June 15, 2009

I heart CE

From photography to underwater basket weaving, there's probably not a class I wouldn't enjoy. I just think it's fun to learn stuff, and continuing education is one of the quickest ways to get smarter.

I'm not picky about the format. I love books, online courses, webinars and even—gasp!—conferences. You know, that place you used to go to network, listen to speakers, and eat a plated lunch with a table full of strangers before the Web took over?

Now it's so simple—and inexpensive—to learn anything you like. The problem with CE is that we've grown used to thinking it's just for our jobs, especially if you work in a career that requires you to log a certain number of CE hours every year to maintain a license. I understand why we want our medical and legal professionals to continue learning, but it's a little harder to mandate interest and attention.

No, I think CE should really be more about your desire to learn. Feeding the hungry learner within you. I don't care who you are, there's something you're passionate about. Fishing, crocheting—even underwater basket weaving. I've taken three CE courses this year: an online class, a webinar, and an honest-to-god conference. None of them were directly related to my work.

And it was fabulous. Learning for learning's sake. When's the last time you did that? My challenge to you. Find some CE you're passionate about and feed your mind. It's a great way to reward yourself.

My three gifts I'm giving myself today:

1. Time to read

2. Time to write

3. Time to exercise

What are you doing for yourself today?

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