I was in a bit of a goofy mood last night as I checked my email and saw some new Twitter followers. One of them, in their bio which I always check, had claimed “I’m a life-long learner”.
So, in goofy fashion, I thought to question this.
Me: You’re a life-long learner?
Me: What did you learn today?
Them: Well, nothing today but you know what I mean.
Sadly, I think I do. It’s one of those buzzwords that are part of what some folks need to hang on themselves to try and prove themselves as current.
It begs the question – as opposed to what? “school learner and then I’m done”.
Another one that gets me going to is “I’m a connected leader”.
I wonder – is this as opposed to “disconnected leader”? Or “unconnected leader”? Or “connected follower”?
Even the labels that are attached by the technology industry can be interesting if you ask “as opposed to what”.
Do all these buzzwords devalue the original words when you try to brand yourself in that fashion? If you believe that there are two opposites, then there must be a tipping point when you leave one and become the other. Who makes that determination?
What if the bio simply said…
I share. I learn. You judge.
Then, you don’t have to take their word for it.