In no field or industry can you get by without constantly having to keep yourself updated. Arguably, there is no better way to success than learning new things and upping the ante in knowledge.
For some, the process of learning new things has to be formalized in the form of a course with an exam in the end. Such a viewpoint shows a lack of faith in learning and in the need for constant learning, throughout ones professional and personal life. Clearly, learning does not have to be formalized, but it needs to take place.
Reading is one of the best ways of staying up to date. Which format depends slightly on your industry. Everyone ought to be reading the online sites relevant to their field but relevant magazines and books are not to be forgotten and left out. By reading what other people think you expand your own views, learn something new and become more well-rounded in your skill set.
Clearly, the only loser when it comes to learning, is the person why refuses and doesn’t see the benefit. Refusing to stay updated only means one thing: You get to sit by and watch other people fly past you quicker than you would ever think. Reading on the other hand, gives you the upper hand over many others. Which way would you like it?