Learning is not an option.

I've seen a lot of people laid off lately, mostly people in their 40s and 50s, many of whom are/were executives, producers and generally hard working people who have accumulated a lot of knowledge and wisdom and should be far from the end of a productive career.

It saddens me. It's terrible that they're out of work. However, the part that really saddens me is the fact that none (and I mean none) of these people are trying to adapt or re-invent themselves (in fact they resist it). I simply don't get that. Learning is something that 1) keeps you competitive 2) keeps you young and 3) is not an option if you hope to remain a viable candidate to participate in today's workforce. 

Things are changing so fast that learning is a full time job. Fortunately, I wholeheartedly enjoy broadening my horizons. I'm constantly reading business books, blogs, newsletters and anything else I can find that helps me "pay attention" and hopefully capitalize on the opportunities that the world presents each and every day. I am also fortunate in that I have managed to surround myself with a number of others who embrace change and are passionate about adding to their wisdom so that they too may successfully navigate this ever changing landscape.

So...if you think learning is something kids do and ends with a diploma, you might want to reconsider.