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“Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young.” Henry Ford
“Intellectual growth should commence at birth and only seize at death.” Albert Einstein
These great men not only knew that learning MUST continue after formal education, but it’s the only way to keep your livelihood and spirituality in check until your last breath. It’s an exhilarating way of keeping things fresh and exciting and allowing your creativity to flourish. There’s always more you can do because the more you learn, the more you realise the need to learn more.
I read somewhere on the net by an anonymous writer who wrote, “If learning is an act of exploration, then technology equips the explorer for the journey of a lifetime.” The rate at which technology is changing is remarkable and the connectedness of the whole world is increasing by the second. Now is the time to take advantage of this newfound way of life, it is easy to fall behind or become entangled in this Information Age. We’ve all been susceptible to dodgy salesmen, fake information peddlers and fraudulent business people at some point in our lives. As a lifelong learner you acquire the great ability (awareness) to smell BS from a mile away or at least know when to play it cautiously. It is absolutely and utterly imperative that as a 21st century earthling you become responsible for your overall personal growth in all aspects of your life (spiritual, health, finances and relationships — just to state the obvious).
All you need is curiosity, a passion for life and the drive to become a better person in all that you do. Learning is not confined to the classroom, lecture theatre or the office (work) — it should be a lifelong endeavour in all areas of our lives. We are all unique and have different personal views or stories to tell but made from the same stuff which connects all of us and the rest of the universe — so there’s nothing to be afraid of. Everyone has the ability to learn, only that we have different ways of doing so and it’s up to the individual to find out which way or ways they learn best. Once we have an understanding of this then we become more powerful and limitless, whatever we can envision in our minds we can achieve. Lifelong learning is the foundation for continuous personal and professional improvement in pursuit of self-actualisation.
Just because you have a PhD does not mean you know everything there is to be known. It should only confirm to you that you don’t know diddly — actually admitting you don’t know diddly is great progress. I’m not trying to take anything away from the people who have acquired these high achievements. It’s just a metaphor for explaining why we should all approach life with humility and openness. Having said that, go ahead pat yourself on the back for your achievements. You deserve it and you’ve done well but don’t let it go to your head.
Just like a muscle or your body, your brain needs constant exercising and looking after. A lifelong learning lifestyle helps us realise that mind, body and spirit are as important as each other therefore should be given equal attention and nurturing. We also become super aware of our surroundings and everything we do will lean towards the betterment of humankind. Being a lifelong learner embedded in spirituality will lead you to self-actualisation en route to enlightenment. Start your Lifelong Learner Lifestyle today and become the master of your fate.