The importance of continuous learning
Friday, 13 April 2018
So, you finished College, University or your trade course, started work or founded a cool business, it must be time to forget about learning and focus on making the most of the time you have, right?
Although it is fair to say you may reduce your hours of learning, learning is essential for the rest of our lives. Developing a habit of upskilling your knowledge and skills is a very important factor in living a full and successful life.
In terms of living a healthy life, those who love to learn and do so until the day they leave this earth, are more likely to avoid degenerative deseases like dementia. They are also more likely to live a life of great social relationships where they are happy meeting new people and developing new contacts (outside of close friends and family) which is a proven factor in living a long life.
We can all improve our knowledge and as we grow older we can become ‘experts’ in the the things that most interest us. It is also very healthy to keep our brain working on positive new learning adventures which bring us new rewards and pleasures throughout our lifes journey.
Ways to learn?
Continual learning does not mean we have study for our master’s qualification at University (albeit there is nothing wrong with that), it can be learning things we are most interested in or gaining new skills and knowledge for our chosen field of work, this could be through courses, mentor sessions, online study etc.
Learning can also be simply picking up a (reputable) book that provides insights into a new skill or way of doing something.
There are video’s, audio files and night classes after work at your disposal. Most communities have centres where you can learn new skills, meet new friends.
Learning is more fun when you are learning a skill you would love to have.
A great way to learn more is to become an expert and teach others, this will drive you to become more knowledgeable and possibly join (or start) a mastermind group who help each other advance their knowledge. Most great teachers and personal coaches will tell you that learning for them is a fulltime activity.
It is also more fulfilling when you learn with a group of people who share the same interests expanding your social relationships, networks and providing your brain with the nourishment it graves for.
Learning new things is a great way to meet new people, develop your skills and have more to talk about at dinner parties. It is a great way to help you live a healthy and fulfilled life, and that is what it is all about – right?
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