The perpetual student
It sounds cliché to say you are never too old to learn something new every day, but this is a philosophy I actually live by. I completed my formal education in 2005 when I finally graduated with my master’s degree in cultural anthropology. Yet, the student in me is alive and well and continues to seek out new information constantly.
In particular, I am very active about participating in ongoing education that is relevant to my field of work, cooking and innkeeping. One would assume that having been in business for more than eight years now, I kind of know what I’m doing, but in a constantly changing world, the game of doing business constantly changes. And in order to stay relevant, you have to keep up with what is new, adapt and put these new procedures into practice.
First off, and I believe this pertains to just about any profession out there, conferences and educational seminars are always being held. And more and more often, these are being held as webinars that you can take from the comfort of your own home right on your own computer, so you don’t even have to invest in travel expenses to participate. We religiously attend our annual Illinois Bed and Breakfast Association meetings every spring, and without fail, I return home with a ton of new information and a renewed sense of enthusiasm for the work we do. Barring catastrophe, I will never miss one of these meetings. It is not only a benefit of membership but a unique opportunity to pick the minds of others in the same business and glean valuable experience from them. And truth be told, innkeepers are a very fun bunch to hang around with.
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