Article published on LinkedIn.com: June 06, 2023
We are in a new age, the age of information, of global
We have no choice but to prepare for this new age in
which the key to success will be the continuous education and
development of the human mind and imagination. I like to call
it the ‘’Learning Age.’’
In the 21st-Century, the new disadvantaged
will be those who do not have the capacity to learn. They will
sink, unable to change and adapt, as they are flooded with
ever more information and change.
However, learning is about more than just getting by in
a changing world. Our ability to learn is what makes us human;
we are born curious and our ability to continue learning is
what defines us as individuals, as communities, and as
Learning can bring you, your family, your organization,
and your community any number of benefits. Just some of them
include: personal growth, and expanded horizons, increased
employability, improved career development prospects, a
broader range of interests, and a wider social life, that is,
the ability to create your own future.
Every day, people around the world are changing their
lives through learning. Learning something new can help you to
earn more money, get a better job, and do something you really
enjoy. It can be a way to gain confidence and discover talents
you never knew you had.
It can be a way to meet new people and have a bit of
fun. If you feel you are in a monotonous routine, it could
help you escape. Even if you did not like learning when you
were at school, you must find a way to enjoy it now.
Why do we learn?
Learning is acquiring new or modifying existing
knowledge, behaviors, skills, values, or preferences and may
involve synthesizing different types of information.
All kinds of people can learn all kinds of things. It
does not matter if you have worked for years or have just left
school. Young, old, male, female, working, non-working, all
can achieve trough learning.
When we ask students, workers, professionals, or
retired people what they understand by learning, responses
such as these are received:
Learning is a
quantitative increase in knowledge.
Learning is acquiring information.
Learning is memorizing.
storing information that can be reproduced.
acquiring facts, skills, and methods that can be retained and
used as necessary.
making sense of something or abstracting meaning from it.
involves relating the parts of a certain subject matter to
each other and to the real world.
interpreting and understanding reality in a different way.
involves comprehending the world by reinterpreting knowledge.
In a constantly changing world, it is important that we
embrace our role with optimism. A life’s journey is all about
development, improvement, growth, and particularly learning.
It is also, for the most part, all about our work, which will
permit us to be at peace with others and ourselves.
We approach work according to guiding principles, such
We work to earn the position of trusted family
member, community member, partner, educator, advisor, coach,
consultant, and facilitator.
We respect the
confidentiality of the people with whom we work.
We look for
and act upon opportunities to foster collaboration with others
in the community by promoting cooperative goals, making
connections, and providing support, advice, and thoughtful
solutions that are driven by the goals, needs, and agendas of
the people we work with.
others through a consultative engagement process that involves
robust assessment and diagnosis, design, development,
implementation, and evaluation.
Work is to be embraced as a positive factor in
realizing our life’s journey. Including learning in our
day-to-day activities as part of our positive philosophy
enables us to capture the essence of the world surrounding us.
Learning cannot be seen as something we’ve
already completed before we start a career. It must be viewed
as an element integrated into our life’s journey.
Remember that without learning stagnation will install
itself, and any effort to change will be automatically
Also, in the same chapter you can familiarize yourself
with questions, reflections, and answers about:
How can I become a more effective learner?
Is learning a process?
What is a life development program?
What do I want to know and learn about?
Is reading important?
How can I find the right mentor?
Do I want to be a Mentor?
What is Change?
How do individuals and organizations respond to change?
What about a plan for change?
Do I need to think ahead?
What are the reasons for resisting change?
What are the change processes?
What is the downside of change?
What should I consider?
This 642-page book is the result of a four-year project called Project
Tomorrow. During the four-year period, we followed more than
500 trainees, aged from 16 to 72.
The trainees were from colleges and reinsertion
programs in administration and computer science. Some of the
trainees that were implicated where dropouts from school
districts, and others were new immigrants or unemployed
workers from different economic and social backgrounds.
To graduate, the trainee had to perform during a period
of three months in a business environment. At the end of that
time, an appreciation evaluation was performed to determine
both the amount of change the trainee experienced during the
period and the impact of that change on the trainee.
Many of the questions, reflections, and answers
presented in this book are issued from our findings during
this period. We would like to thank all the trainees for their
efforts and determination during the process.
In a nutshell, to change your life for a better future, you
The book through questions, quotes and reflections
provides the necessary elements to explore your soul, to find
out who you really are, what your true passions are and how
you can become more efficient and effective, so you can shape
This 642-page book is the result of a four-year project
called Project Tomorrow. During the four-year period,
we followed more than 500 trainees, aged from 16 to
It is also the fruit of forty years of experience
acquired with local and international organizations
and companies and during consultancy, change
management, transition, and marketing services. For
more information go to:
About the Author
ISO Pour Tous
– Le manuel
d’information ISO – Le guide de préparation ISO – La
gestion du changement en affaires – La gestion de
projet d’affaires – Le
changement POUR TOUS –
Change Your Future,
Now! – Mon succès est votre succès –
My Success Is Your Success.
Germain Decelles, o.s.j.
WebTech Management et Publication Incorpored