Credit unions form a wonderful facet of our world. We fill an important niche. Without us, the world would be worse off.
But we are just a part of the world. To do our jobs well, we need to keep one eye on ourselves, and the other on the world we live in.
Finance. Politics. Art. The economy. History. Futurists. Literature. Technology. Poetry. Design.
All of these affect the world, and therefore, credit unions.
Ah, but there’s the rub. How do you go about keeping track of rest of the world, when it takes so much time and effort to keep track of our own backyard?
Luckily, we live in an age where information is overflowing. If you want to learn about finance, or technology – there are countless places to learn about it for free.
For me, I use Feedly to help manage this information. (No, this is not a paid ad. I own no stock in Feedly. I just love the service.) Feedly is a news aggregator website. If you find a blog or news service that catches your fancy, simply add it to Feedly. Periodically, when you visit Feedly, all the stories from your sources are organized, ready to read.
But what about the great things you don’t know about? Feedly suggests wonderful new things to read in categories such as marketing, business, news, fashion, and more.
In time, Feedly can become your portal to the world. I have categories devoted to credit unions, leadership, business, the economy, and business excellence. Within an hour, I can get a picture of a number of important issues. It helps me to keep a wide view of things. It helps me to stay well-rounded. I’m sure there are other aggregators that would fit the bill as well.
Is Feedly, or another web aggregator, right for you? Perhaps. But I’ve heard others tout the benefits of subscribing to the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and your local paper. If all you did was scan the front page of each of those three publications each morning, you’d stay on top of the major stories affecting our nation and the world.
But whether you use paper, Feedly, or some other system to keep tabs on our spinning globe, I know this: learning more about the world we live in will always be in fashion.
And it seems that the more I learn about new things, the better I understand the things I thought I already knew.