In the age of 87, Michelangelo – an italian sculptor, painter, architect, poet and engineer, who is considered to be one of the greatest artists of all time – said: “I’m still learning.”
Abraham Lincoln – the 16. President of the United States – is quoted to have said: “I don’t think much of a man who is not wiser today than he was yesterday.”
Albert Einstein – a German-born physicist best known for E = mc2 – once stated: “Wisdom is not a product of schooling but of the lifelong attempt to acquire it.”
What’s true for Michelangelo, Lincoln, Einstein and other wise and successful people, should apply for consultants too. So rule #20 is: Never stop learning.
The world is turning faster and faster. Trends and new business models – like social media – just pop up. Cutting-edge technologies – such as Big Data or the cloud – become “hype” over night and are the new SOA. (Apparently) new methods – such as SCRUM – suddenly appear and are praised as “the solution for everything”.
Clients hire experience and skills. Clients hire knowledge. Therefore, as a consultant you have to learn continuously. You have to be updated. You need to have an ear to the market.
Never stop learning. Never stop growing.
“Never stop learning” is actual one of Bill Gates’ mantras for Microsoft’s success. So: Credits to Bill Gates at Microsoft for rule #20.