In today's fast-paced business world, no one's going to give us permission to engage in self-improvement, a strategy that is essential to our future success. We can't wait for circumstances or someone else to improve us. We must take the initiative. To improve our business, we must improve ourselves. Gone are the days of the artisan, when one could learn a craft and put it into action for a lifetime. To grow in our careers today requires us to keep learning long after our formal schooling ends. The more we are able to know and do, the more doors open to us and the more value we can offer our employers, employees and our business.Continuous learning means we're keeping our minds freshly stocked. This enables us to come up with more and better ideas and innovations, which every business needs to be successful. It also keeps us excited, motivated and highly engaged. We can't be satisfied with "good enough," because it never is.