Learning Isn’t Easy, But It’s Vital

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In between other work, for the last four weeks or so, I’ve been trying to learn AWS DevOps Pipelines. Let me tell you, they are not simple. At least, I still haven’t quite figured them out. However, I’m going to keep on trying until I figure it out.

I’m doing this for a few reasons, and I think they may apply to all of us.

First, and I’m not even going to mince words on this, I’m doing it so I’m more valuable to my organization. If I know more and can do more, I’m a good person for the organization to keep around. I’m also worth more in terms of cash. Simply put, a more knowledgeable employee is a more valuable employee.

However, I’ve got an affliction called the “Helper Gene.” It means I’m always trying to help others. In this case, if I can figure out how to get AWS Pipelines working, maybe I can translate that learning for others. If I’m having a hard time with learning something, it could be that what I’m learning is beyond me. However, it’s also an indicator that others are probably having a hard time as well. That makes for clear opportunities in helping others.

Finally, let’s face it, if you want to stay a technologist, and you’re more than 3-5 years away from retirement, you need to up your skills. You’ll have to learn the next version of whatever data platform you’re on. You must learn, and implement, automation. Technology and the technology landscape is constantly shifting. A lot of our built-up knowledge will serve us extremely well in this changing landscape. Unfortunately, it won’t be enough as things continue to change.

So, best to be learning new things. It’s a muscle. Exercise it.

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