My focus on investing time into my own personal learning was only really started 3 years ago when we decided to take Collingwood on a journey of major cultural and business change. My mentor through the transformation is very similar to the way Theodore Roosevelt is described in this article - I am sure he also reads at least a book a day. His knowledge about the world and seemingly every topic available inspired me to investigate how he does it. For him reading books was his personal learning fodder but this presents a barrier for me as my attention span and busy work and family life limit the amount of time I can sit down and open a book. Instead I have found my place in Podcasts, You Tube and shorter articles mostly available in Social Media or on the web.
I really think that society sees personal learning at work in the form of classroom style training and I would urge these people to look around them and identify the huge range of opportunities available (also mainly FREE) that will be hugely valuable to stretching you and delivering new learning to benefit both your personal and professional goals.
First, developing a learning habit requires you to articulate the outcomes you’d like to achieve. Would you like to reinvigorate your conversations and intellectual activity by reading a host of new topics? Are you looking to master a specific subject? Would you like to make sure you’re up-to-date on one or two topics outside your day-to-day work? In my own life, I like to maintain a reading program that exposes me to a variety of subjects and genres with the goal of general intellectual exploration, while also digging more deeply into a few areas, including education, foreign policy, and leadership. Picking one or two outcomes will allow you to set achievable goals to make the habit stick.