“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. To say the least, lifelong learning paves the way for your creativity to flourish and opens doors career-wise.
There’s always more you can do because the more you learn, the more you realise you need to learn more. If you haven’t devised a personal development plan before, I advise you to carefully consider it. Lifelong learning is an important aspect of economic, personal, social and spiritual growth.
Information Age And Beyond
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 growing is remarkable and the connectedness of the whole world is increasing by the second. It’s time to take advantage of this new-found way of life and do it now because you can easily fall behind in this frantic-paced Information Age.
We have all the tools and information at our fingertips for us to create and grow. These are fascinating times, but it can be overwhelming, talk about information overload. I’ve discovered that the only remedy is to become a lifelong learner.
We’ve all been susceptible to dodgy salesmen, fake information peddlers and fraudulent businesspersons at some point in our lives. As a lifelong learner you acquire the great ability (awareness) to smell BS from a mile away. At least you’ll know when and how to engage in any interaction cautiously.
It’s 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 — to state the obvious).
Economic Growth And Financial Benefits
Rapid growth of the knowledge-based or gig economy urges us to constantly upgrade our skills, competencies and knowledge in order to stay relevant and valuable, both at work and at home.
Companies are regularly looking for people with transferable skills and who can adapt to changes in the workplace with minimum effort. They’re looking for lifelong learners, those who are equipped to hack any situation thrown at them, those who can learn and excel.
Let’s face it, many of the traditional jobs like assembly line work or even bookkeeping are becoming a thing of the past because of machines. The only way to stay ahead of the machines is to constantly learn new skills, be creative, generate new ideas, have a point of view and become a well-rounded person.
Lifelong learning strengthens the economy and individuals’ pockets (win-win). Organisations and individuals who adopt a learning culture or growth mindset will become leaders and achieve longevity in their respective fields.
Intellectual Growth And Personal Development
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.
Everyone can learn, only that we have different styles of learning, and it’s up to the individual to find out which way or ways they learn best. Once we understand 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 doesn’t mean you know everything there is to be known. It should only confirm that you don’t know diddly — admitting you don’t know diddly shows great strength and wisdom. Please don’t get me wrong, I’m not a hater, nor am I trying to take anything away from the people who have acquired these high achievements.
We all should approach life with humility and openness. Having said that, go ahead pat yourself on the back for your achievements, you deserve it but don’t let it go to your head.
A lifelong learner lifestyle stokes up creativity, imagination and innovation. You’ll expand your knowledge and be able to use it in varied and purposeful ways. Age is irrelevant when it comes to lifelong learning, hence the name.
Most people confuse lifelong learning with adult education, though it fits into that category, it simply isn’t restricted to school leavers only.
Spiritual Growth And Social Benefits
When you make a conscious effort to become a lifelong learner, you open your mind to endless possibilities and fully develop your natural abilities.
Your social connections (new friends) and confidence will grow when you engage in lifelong learning. You become a valuable commodity, and as you think of yourself as a product of the cosmos, only can you improve.
Lifelong learning helps you discover your passion, purpose and path. It brings you closer to like-minded people, you begin to see yourself in other people and how valuable everyone is. This, in turn, will lead to the betterment of humankind, love for nature and the universe.
Anything is possible when you become comfortable with uncertainty. By taking control and responsibility of our emotions, we’re able to navigate the now with less resistance. Learn for leisure, fight boredom and become a positive role model for your children.
We’re all unique and have different personal views or stories to tell but made from the same stuff. This same stuff is what connects us to each other, nature and the rest of the universe. There’s nothing to be afraid of, lifelong learning is food for the spirit and it just feels right.
Mental Growth And Health Benefits
Just like muscles on your body, your brain (also a muscle) needs constant exercising and looking after. Keeping your brain active by learning new things makes it sharper and reduces cognitive decline as you age.
Lifelong learning embedded in spirituality helps us realise that mind, body and spirit are as important as each other, therefore should be given equal attention and nurturing.
Research has shown that lifelong learning helps us live a happier, longer and fulfilling life. It can aid in relieving stress, anxiety and depression by finding emotional balance. It also helps us to sleep deeply and without disturbance.
By learning practical life skills, you become increasingly confident and active in societal contribution. Lifelong learning helps us understand the world around and within.
Broaden your horizons with lifelong learning and emancipate yourself from what stops you moving forward.