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Thoughts on being a life long learner

I went to the grocery store today to buy ribs for a cookout. I generally like to buy ribs with the back membrane peeled away so I don’t have to go through the effort of doing it while prepping.

I haven’t purchased ribs from this grocery store before so I ask the butcher.

“Do the ribs have the membrane still attached to the back of the ribs?”, I ask.

To which the butcher repiles, “I have no idea. People ask me that all the time and I don’t know what they are talking about.”

If you don’t know what the membrane is and customers continue to ask about it then it’s your job to find out.

It doesn’t matter what field you work in. The only way to consistently knock it out of the park is to be hungry for knowledge.

Oh, and for the curious, here’s the deal with the membrane.

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If you were laid off today, who would be the first ten people you’d reach out to for advice, or to catch up with? When is the last time you spoke with them? If you can’t even list ten people, much less remember the last time you caught up with some of the people you would normally call references, it’s time to start reaching out now, while you’re comfortably employed and don’t need anything in particular.

via Use the “Layoff Test” to Build Your Professional Network.