It is easy to believe that learning ends in your early twenties. You are done with school. No more term papers, lectures, or exams. But really, does learning ever end? It is actually a choice to continue learning and one that we must consciously pursue. Not only must we learn from everything and everybody. Everyday. But we must also seek out and create opportunities to add knowledge to our life.
We learn new skills every day at work, parenting, or maybe you’re a DIY kind of person.
Most people learn new things unintentionally. They just pick up pieces of information randomly – from television, talk shows, or even water cooler conversations discussing the weekend’s current events or a colleague’s hobby.
If you take the time to really focus your attention at learning something new, you can achieve so much including promotions, new and enjoyable hobbies, personal growth, deeply rewarding relationships and more.
This can be done through reading books, listening to podcasts (or audio books), attending seminars or conferences, and general training courses. Think you don’t have enough time? Turn an audiobook or podcast on while you’re getting ready in the morning (putting on make up or shaving your face is an easy time) and continue it when you’re in your car driving to work. No extra time required.
Nobody can ever take the knowledge away from you and you’ll be better for it. Forever. And as we age, keeping our brain active has scientifically proven to slow down aging and mental cognition. (Reference: Harvard Medical School HERE).
Poor Megan. I preach to her often (since she is out of college within the past 5 years) that she needs to continue pursuing knowledge – both the craft of interior design and the skills related to the business of interior design, at the very least. And I have often told her that if you’re not learning, you’re dying. I didn’t know that it was originally said by one of my favorite authors, Tom Clancy. (You’re welcome, Megan, somebody other than me has the same philosophy. Ha ha!)
I challenge you to find a way to sneak some learning into your life. And if you ARE already consciously pursuing knowledge, how can you add even more into your daily routine? I’m not suggesting all work and no play, but maybe just a little less play and a little more learning.