Continuing education is important; in fact, it is absolutely necessary for the person or corporation that expects to be successful. Yet a lot of continuing education programs seem to be of little or no use as measured by the changes they effect in both people and companies. This study shows why so little success occurs, and makes suggestions to correct that shortfall. Good programs must be supported with time and resources provided by the employer. However, a truly successful continuing education program must be managed and driven by the individual. Otherwise, it will not pay off. The smart employer provides time and financial support, but expects the individual to direct his own career program.