I learn for fun.
Seriously. I read things that help me continue growing. Books. Articles. Blogs. I read about everything that I’m interested in and I’m a little interested in everything. I want to know how to cook better, so I read food blogs. I want to know how to shoot higher quality photos so I find literature on what type of memory card is best for the kind of shooting I want to do. I want to be a better Christian so, when I wake up, I read a devotional. I want to be able to make educated political decisions,which requires that I stay abreast of topics across the nation and world.
All this reading helps me keep my mind sharp, like exercise keeps ones body in working condition. But, like exercise, if you take too long off, it’s harder (not impossible) to get back in the groove. So, if it’s been a while since you’ve read something thought-provoking, pick up something you’re interested in today. Start with 1 or two pages before bed. Then 5. Then a chapter. Before you know it, you’ll be finishing a book a week. Or, if full books aren’t your thing, try doing an article a day. Either way, keep your mind sharp. It’s your strongest muscle, because it controls all the others.
And, if nothing else, reading makes you a much more interesting person.
Make professional development a priority.