“Continuous learning is the minimum requirement for success in any field,” says motivational speaker and self-development author Brian Tracy. Pro to Pro is dedicated to not only helping fulfill your continuing education needs, but to the continuous learning that will keep you on top of your game. Learning energizes the static, thereby activating us to continue our pursuits or revive them with vigor.

Pro to Pro presents information by opticians for opticians that just might answer questions you never thought to ask. In researching for writing and editing Pro to Pro, I have had many “I never thought of that” and “Aha!” moments. It’s exciting to have that little lightbulb in the brain go on, and something of an ego trip to apply that knowledge in practice. When you can approach patients with confidence because you learned about the best vision solutions for them, you not only help someone to see, you elevate yourself as a professional.

We’re fortunate to be part of an exciting multifaceted field, where new information and innovation arrive just about every day. To be the best eyecare professionals we can be demands learning all we can as developments unfold. Pro to Pro is your source for that learning. That’s why we’re excited to present the first ever issue of 20/20 dedicated entirely to education and training. We gathered our best CEs and articles to not only help you complete your continuing education requirements, but to provoke your professional curiosity to want more.

Sir Isaac Newton said, “If I have seen further, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.” As our knowledge progresses, we become more effective mentors. We are the giants. Sharing what we know and guiding others along through training is a gift not only to an individual, but to the profession. Pro to Pro is there to help with training, too. Encourage those you are training to read the CEs and articles. Then discuss the course, answer questions and show your neophytes how to apply that knowledge. It’s a win-win when an associate shares your passion for the profession and develops skills. It will result only in success for both of you.

So grab a cup of hot cocoa and curl up with this issue. Browse the courses and articles for what you need to know as well as what interests you. There’s plenty to choose from! Then get another cup for a colleague and encourage them to do the same. With two more cups, you can discuss what you’ve learned and how to implement it in your practice. It can be more rewarding for both of you than you imagine.

With thanks to our readers and contributors, best wishes for a happy holiday season and a successful New Year!

Linda Conlin
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