No matter where you are at in life, learning is the required discipline for advancement. Graduating from high school or college should never mean the end of learning.
There are many perspectives on professional development. The last chapter in John Kotter’s Leading Change has had a profound impact on my perspective of professional development. Kotter talks about two specific cases in which unimpressive people transformed themselves into incredible leaders. The secret to their success was compounded growth. Just like money in the bank grows through compounded interest, an investment in learning pays dividends over time that produces leaders.