Learning never stops for the intentional, deliberate, proactive person. Having this perspective on life compels you to continue stretching yourself to grow and evolve. Ongoing learning implies results in ongoing change. They say there are two things you can count on in life: paying taxes and dying. I’d like to add that there is one more universal truth: CHANGE HAPPENS.
No one gets out of life without experiencing ongoing change. The fact is change is a guarantee. How well you cope with change will entirely depend upon your willingness to learn and put that knowledge into action. I had a friend give me a print for my office that says “Knowledge is Power.” I lovingly disagree… Knowledge is Power only if it is put into action! ;)
Here’s some humbling insight for you, sweet friend…
I really prefer to be the one who knows the answers. I prefer being the expert and I feel very uncomfortable being the new kid on the block or learning a new thing I’ve not yet mastered. Can you relate? I’m much more comfortable knowing what’s going on and how things work and I love sharing that knowledge with others.
But what I have learned is that growth, new insights, and new paradigms that impact your life can’t happen until you step into a place of “I don’t know.” The more comfortable and accepting you can be about being in that place, the lower your defenses will be and the faster learning will take place.
Here are 8 reasons why
you should always keep learning:
1. Self-Confidence Booster
Self-confidence can be influenced by two things: your trust in yourself as well as your level of competence, which comes from knowledge, experience and the skills that you possess. Taking a course online or in person and learning new skills can provide a tremendous boost to your self-confidence.
2. Boredom Fighter
Staying challenged helps fight boredom. Take every opportunity to enrich yourself and learn something new: take a course, read voraciously, watch TED conferences online, listen to podcasts or attend webinars in your fields of interest.
3. Brain Health and Clarity
A study conducted by the University of California at Irvine in 2010 revealed that learning keeps your brain functioning at a high level. The brain is a muscle; continue to keep it in shape by giving it new challenges and opportunities for learning and growth. Mental facilities are best protected when they are used often and continued learning can slow the physical process many brain diseases.
4. Learn Practical Life Skills
Besides the professional knowledge we acquire through school or work, it’s important that we learn practical skills such as handling our finances, improving our communication skills, as well as basic computer skills. Courses on these subjects and more are readily available online or in person for students of any age!
5. Model Positive Behavior for Your Children
Set a good example for your children by letting them see you work hard at self-improvement and continuing your education. Working alongside each other towards individual goals will increase the chances that you both will be successful!
6. Learn for Leisure or fun
Take a course in a subject you enjoy such as cooking, photography, beading or writing. You never know what other interests you might discover!
7. Sleep More Soundly
Just as when you exercise your body and it gets tired; when you exercise your mind, your mind gets tired. Give your mind a workout by studying a new subject!
8. Stay Healthy
There are some not-so-obvious health benefits to learning. Becoming organized and practicing time management techniques can help reduce stress in your life. Learning the basics of nutrition may help you to make improvements your diet. Exploring health and fitness courses may inspire you to take better care of your body. You get the picture!
The benefits of life-long learning are many and it’s been said that great people never stop learning. Won’t you be one of them? I’d love to hear about how you have been impacted positively by being a life-long learner in a comment below!