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Chapter 8. The Learning Hand > SUCCESS CARD 35: Be Aware

SUCCESS CARD 35: Be Aware

Once a year, on one day between December 14 and January 5, thousands of volunteer bird lovers participate in the Annual Audubon Christmas bird count. With binoculars and notepads, they count all the birds that they see. This helps them learn about the birds' patterns of behavior, survival, and growth trends. They are enthusiastically committed to the count because they learn so much about creatures they love—even in the chill of the winter season. If you're ready to play the learning hand, it's time to get your own notepad, guidebook, and binoculars because, like these naturalists, you'll be gathering information to help you succeed in areas to which you're committed. Play your learning hand with a keen and constant sense of awareness. A winning player never stops learning.

In her first workforce address in 2001, U.S. Labor Secretary Elaine Chao described a transformed, information-based economy. Calling for better education, training, and career self-management, she asserted that the days of the gold-watch employees—the workers who spend a career with a single company—were over. Although you could be perfectly happy with your current company, it is a fact that workforce turnover averages between 23 percent and 28 percent, depending on whether you have a government job or a retail position. If you're currently not employed and want to be, this statistic can be refreshing as you search; chances are that a job you like will open at some point. At any rate, you're in charge of your career more than ever before.


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