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Should You Join The Club, Any Club?

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Technology has rapidly expanded everyone’s opportunities to learn. It has also expanded opportunities to teach. What is stopping you? Do you want to join the club?

So Many Clubs

On social media platforms alone, there are nearly unlimited opportunities to join groups or open chats. Traditionally, in our communities and around the world there are opportunities to join trade associations and likeminded professionals in nearly every discipline.

Have you joined? What have you found?

Some join because they want to learn. Upon arrival, they determine (or believe) that the group has nothing to offer them. They might believe that they are above the crowd and there is nothing for them to learn. So then, why not teach?

The opposite might also be true. They join the group, or they think about joining the group. Upon exploration, they believe the group is too advanced, they’re not ready, and they retreat. Why not jump in and learn?

Instead, in either case people often avoid the join. What do they learn, not much, either way, right?

Proponents of Change

I am always amazed at the people who claim to be proponents of change but only when change is their way. We see it in all circles of society. We see it in politics, we see it with religion, and we often see it in business.

Not joining the club probably means you are not learning. You might believe that you have maxed out, you are the absolute expert and the world revolves around your principles and philosophies.

Others, those engaged in the groups, they’re growing, changing, and shifting. They are changing the framework, moving the needle, and raising the bar. They are learning or teaching, but there is change.

Everyone else might just be hiding. They aren’t stabilized, they’re declining, declining because as the world continues on, they are standing still.

Join the Club

You have an opportunity to be part of something, to build something, grow something, or learn something.

Not joining means you’ll probably be left behind.


Dennis E. Gilbert is a business consultant, speaker (CSPTM), and corporate trainer that specializes in helping businesses and individuals accelerate their leadership, their team, and their success. He is a four-time author and some of his work includes, Forgotten Respect, Navigating A Multigenerational Workforce and Pivot and Accelerate, The Next Move Is Yours! Reach him through his website at Dennis-Gilbert.com or by calling +1 646.546.5553.

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