Today, the business world is evolving at a pace like never before. Hiring managers care about skills and knowledge way more than degree and education. If you can do the job, you will get the job. We live in a time when skills become outdated in a matter of months. From cellphones to sales strategy, from softwares to marketing techniques, everything is changing.

Your growth ultimately depends on your skills, knowledge, and competency. And in order to be relevantly skilled, knowledgeable, and competent; you must have a very high Learnability skill. Learnability is a skill that means you want to and have the capability to develop in-demand skills.

"The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn and relearn."  -  Alvin Toffler
“The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn and relearn.”  -  Alvin Toffler

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If you don’t make Learnability your key skill, you are bound to get replaced eventually. Let’s take an example of accounting. If you stick to the traditional book-keeping methods and use literal books, you are bound to get replaced by a tech savvy accountant who operates directly on the software.

We live in a world where technology is changing the way we operate, every day and consistently. And if not technology, even the way we operate, the strategies, and the techniques are evolving everyday too. Yesterday, companies didn’t care about marketing so much. Today, we have techniques like Guerrilla Marketing and what not. The point is, you have to undergo the process of “unlearn and learn”. Unlearning is just as important as learning. You have to let go of obsolete skills and knowledge in order to acquire the updated ones.

If you are looking for a promotion, you will need to upgraded skills. If you are looking for a new job, upgrading your skills will land you much better opportunities. If you are thinking of starting an entirely new career or business, you’d still need to upgrade your skills. Learning and upgrading new skills not only help you acquire what’s relevant right now but also increases the value of skills you already possess!