I went geocaching with my daughter this weekend. It’s really 21st century orienteering – using gps coordinates to follow a course and find and gather clues along the way. Several people asked me what this is, and I thought “this is an opportunity not only for me to learn a new skill, but to share it with others.”
Which led me to thinking, now’s the time! We are all either very busy working or very busy trying to get work. In doing so, the easiest thing to do is what we’ve always done. But is it?
Like geocaching bringing orienteering to modern times, what are you doing to learn to bring your activities up to speed? If you are searching for work or have your own business, what are you doing to take advantage of social networking opportunities and other continuously evolving techniques? If you are working like crazy, what are you doing to relieve some of the stress you feel but taking advantage of new tools and techniques?
At times like this it is often harder to make the commitment to learn or try something new. That’s exactly when you need to do it! When you’re not busy or not struggling, there’s no impetus to change. Now there is.
Whether it’s geocaching or twittering, networking online or taking online courses, use this time to keep learning yourself. By doing so, you’ll unlock the secrets and clues that will take you to new places too! And if you care to, share with others what you have done and how it has helped you. That way you’re not only helping yourself, you’re helping others along the way.