“It’s essential to keep moving, learning and evolving for as long as you’re here and this world keeps spinning” ~ Rasheed Ogunlaru
Learning is a key part of life. When we learn, we grow. We build better ways of doing things and start to think differently. We become better than we were the previous day. Being a lifelong learner means that you take an active, keen interest in what’s happening in the world around you. You don’t necessarily want to know about every life event but you want to find out how and why certain things work the way that they do. As a lifelong learner, you want to build your skills and knowledge in areas that you find interesting or that add value to your life.
A lifelong learner tends to take a proactive approach to life. They actively decide that they will use their life experiences as stepping stones to build their own path. They see opportunities in every experience and regard each one as a lesson that either supports or redirects their journey.
Learning isn’t always comfortable. It can be daunting because it shifts you from a space that you know, to a space that’s unfamiliar and perhaps confusing. It needs you to question the way that you currently think and make room for new possibilities.
When we think about learning, we often picture a classroom-based scenario where a teacher or lecturer leads a group of students. The teacher is viewed as the “distributor of knowledge” while the student is seen as the recipient. This may be the case for classroom-based learning but beyond our years at school, learning comes in many different forms.
Here are a few ways to learn something new:
- Register for formal studies at a school or college
- Do your own online learning and research for free
- Complete a short course and learn a new skill or grow your existing skills
- Attend a free workshop or webinar
- Take life lessons from a mentor
- Learn more about yourself through conversation and journaling
- Learn more about others through conversation
- Take time to observe what’s happening around you and document your observations
- Read a book on a topic of interest
Learning is a choice. This is especially true for adult learners. When you initiate or further your learning, you choose to move beyond your existing circumstances. You choose to nurture your mind and to grow in a particular area of your life. You choose to become more than you were the day before.
What are you choosing to learn today?