Committed to learning? Get outside your comfort zone
Robots and artificial intelligence software may almost render human workers obsolete in the future. It will take a while for that to happen (between 30 and 50 years), but we need to prepare ourselves for this world where the nature of the work we do, and the types of jobs we hold, are changing.
More than half of students are chasing careers that will be made obsolete by advances in technology and automation, according to a report by the Foundation for Young Australians (FYA).
We need to ensure we have the skills and experience for the future, and not the past.
That’s why the article from Harvard Business Review ‘If you are not outside your comfort zone, you wont learn anything’ was of particular interest. Situations that typically terrify us and that we would prefer to avoid are unpleasant, but very necessary. They require skills and courage to be faced head on. And when facing them head on, we can learn in new ways. We can adapt our behavior, essential for the world of work today and in the future.
There are a few ways to face these challenges:
- Be honest with yourself: make a list of the things you have avoided doing lately, and ask yourself, where the reasons for not doing them legitimate? Would you accept the same excuse from someone else?
- Break the challenge down and make the behavior your own: start with a small chunk of what you need to do, and approach it in a manageable way. For example, present to a smaller group if big groups are completely overwhelming. Start where the task feels less loathsome, and go on from there. You will learn along the way.
- Take the plunge: no matter what your approach, you need to have the courage to do something! The benefit is that when you actually take the plunge and step outside your comfort zone, what you realize is that you have more resource and power than you might have thought.
What are you waiting for?
Share your experiences with us. We’d like to hear about the ways you’ve faced challenges and how they have influenced your career.