Why Lifelong Learning Is So Important
When college was over it felt good and liberating. I was always curious and loved learning but I hated the way education was done in schools. Most of the time I learned things because I had to and when a topic interested me, the learning experience became unpleasant because of the way the subject was taught. On the other hand, when learning was fun and exciting, it was always thanks to a small number of teachers I liked and admired, who inspired me and pushed me to do more. Unfortunately, those were exceptions. So, when school was over, I was happy to discover it was only one of the ways to learn new things. In time, I became a strong believer of the concept of lifelong learning, and understood that we don’t stop learning as soon as school stops, but we continue to develop ourselves day by day.
Lifelong learning is about creating and maintaining a positive attitude towards learning both for personal and professional growth. People who chose to learn throughout their lives are motivated to learn and develop because they want to: it is an intended and voluntary act.
Lifelong learning can enhance how we understand the world, provide us with more and better opportunities and improve our lives. By doing so we get more personal satisfaction from our lives and jobs as we become more self-aware and we better understand who we are and what we do.
On a professional level, the act of continuous learning leads to better results and to more rewarding work. When we learn something new, or something from a complementary field, we create new opportunities for ourselves, we can earn more or move to a connected industry. In turn, this gives us wider experience on which to build our knowledge and more transferable skills in readiness for the next step in our career.
One of the best parts of the period we live in, is that information is available to us anytime we want and we can access it for free from our computers and phones. There are thousands of free online classes and courses, studies and articles with excellent knowledge for us to grasp.
Another way to learn is from the experiences we go through, good or bad, happy or sad. We learn from the awful firsts jobs just as much as we learn from the fun and exciting ones. We learn things from colleagues we don’t like and are forced to work with and we learn from friends and people we admire and respect.
One of my favourite alternative ways of learning is through conversations with other people. I believe talking to people and actively listening to what they have to say is a great way to learn about how the world works, to feel more connected and less scared of our own experiences.
Lastly, I believe learning feeds our spirit. It gives us purpose and keeps us focused, it fuels our sense of fulfilment.
It’s been said that great people never stop learning. Won’t you be one of them?