To me, being a lifelong learner has always meant being curious and constantly expanding my horizons. Every new experience or opportunity is a chance to learn something new, and I try to take advantage of as many of them as possible.
It’s important for us to stay open-minded when it comes to learning. This means being willing to consider new perspectives, even if they differ from our own. It also means being open to change and evolving as individuals.
I’ve learned that this type of openness is crucial when it comes to creating positive change in the world. Especially in the light of growing social and political issues. If we want to make a difference, we need to be open to new ideas and new ways of thinking.
When I think about the things that are important to me, they’re all constantly evolving – community, family, business, sports. I have to keep learning and stay ahead of the curve to stay involved as they transform. And in return, they help me grow as a person.
It’s truly a joy to learn from others – regardless of their age. Even simple conversations with friends and colleagues leave me feeling more fulfilled because I know I’ve learned something new. I particularly enjoy learning from young people, because they always have some new knowledge or perspective to share. My kids, especially, have taught me so much about technology, empathy, and how to find joy in the little things.
Even though I’m at a point in my life where a younger generation looks to me for wisdom, I still have so much to learn from those who are senior to me. I look to them for wisdom, support, and grounding.
Throughout my learning journey, many people have inspired me to push myself intellectually. One person who stands out, in particular, is my grandmother. She was an incredible speller until very late in her life. I would be in awe as she worked through even the most complicated words effortlessly. It’s all because she continued to educate herself. For this, and so many other reasons, she is one of my heroes.
Cultivating a continual learning mindset is essential, but it’s not difficult to do. Here are my four tips for how to get started:
1. Be curious.
Curiosity is one of the most important traits for a lifelong learner. This means being interested in everything around you and constantly seeking new knowledge. Be curious about the world, about other people, and about new experiences. This will help you to stay open-minded and learning new things will come more naturally to you because you’ll see opportunity everywhere.
2. Don’t be afraid to ask questions or seek information.
If you don’t know something, don’t be afraid to pursue the answer. This is how you will learn more about the things that interest you. Remember, there is no such thing as a stupid question!
If you don’t have access to a mentor or someone who knows the answers, you can always read. I’ve found that reading truly is the best source of learning. It allows you to explore different topics at your own pace, no matter what your interests are. You can learn so much about yourself and the world around you just by opening a book.
3. Become a great communicator.
Don’t discount the importance of communication skills – whether it be speaking, writing, or reading. Communication is an empowering tool that allows you to share your thoughts with others and build relationships. It’s a key skill for any lifelong learner. I strive to improve my communication skills every day.
4. Jump in and do it.
Experience is the best teacher. If you want to learn something, the best way to do it is to just go out and do it. Get your hands dirty and see what you can discover. Don’t be afraid of making mistakes – they are part of the learning process. There will always be room for improvement but the more you practice, the better you’ll become.
Lifelong learning is a journey, not a destination. It’s something we should all strive for, regardless of age or circumstance. The world is always changing, and if we want to keep up, we need to be prepared to adapt.