What’s the secret to excelling in your industry and career? A dedication to professional and personal development through lifelong learning.

As a corporate trainer and executive coach, I’ve seen firsthand that the most successful people take responsibility for their own learning, dedicate time to it each week, and are naturally curious. By prioritizing and remaining committed to learning throughout their career—and ultimately their whole lives—these individuals rise to the top of their fields.

Career-long learning and continuous professional development might involve:

Taking new classes
Joining professional associations
Participating in employee training sessions
Improving your strategic skills
Taking time to network formally and informally
Learning how to be an effective team-builder
Attending lunch-and-learns
Working with a career coach, executive coach, or life coach
Building a habit and continual focus on lifelong learning reflects a growth orientation that many top leaders share. What will you commit to learning today?