Can you believe we’re almost done with this series? Week after week I’ve tried to bring you topics that will enrich your lives, encourage growth and change, and hopefully get you to think hard and reflect on your life. My goal is to help you live your very best life and get the most out of the time we have here. If you missed any of the previous weeks topics or you just want to revisit a previous topic, you can find the full list here!
It’s Never Too Late To Learn Something New
I am going to let you guys in on a secret. I’m thinking of going back to school. I have a BA in Technical Communication, but I’ve been toying with the idea of going back to get a degree or certification in nutrition or health and wellness. It’s just an idea at this point. A scary and exciting idea. Am I told old for this? How would it work? Would I be able to keep up? But between you and me, I’d doing this. I’m excited about it and I really want to help people. I really, really want to help people make the most of their lives! All of this leads me to this week’s topic.
4 Reasons Why You Should Never Stop Learning
1 You’ll be happier. Learning isn’t always a walk in the park, but once you’ve learned what you set out to learn that feeling of accomplishment is worth all the trials and tribulations you might have gone through to get there. I started a new job a couple of years ago in a field i knew NOTHING about and I had no idea if I would make it. But here we are 2 years later and I’ve learned so much, I’ve grown, and now people come to me for answers. The bigger or more difficult your goal is to obtain, the happier you’ll be when you achieve it.
2 You’ll become irreplaceable. Anyone can be a one trick pony, but if you’re a jack of all trades you’re more valuable to yourself and those around you. Don’t limit yourself by thinking you know everything you need to know. Expand your horizons by constantly learning new things.
3 You’ll stay humble. Admitting you’re not a know it all and being an active learner will help you stay open to learning opportunities. You’d be surprised to know that there is something valuable to be gained from almost everyone we meet.
4 You’ll become a great coach. Master what you know by sharing that knowledge with others. Teaching what you’ve learned to others is fulfilling and rewarding and people will view you as a source of knowledge.The older you get, the greater complexity and ability for deeper understanding increases which can be extremely beneficial to your down-line.
So if learning is so important, then why do we stop? We stop simply because we think we know it all. It’s called The Paradox of Expertise. At some point in our lives there is a shift from learners to knowers. Maybe it’s when we’re done with school or after we’ve raised our kids. Regardless of what or how much we think we know, we need to keep learning on a consistent basis.
Is there something you still want to learn? Do you want to go back to school? How do you continue to be an active learner? Let me know in the comments below!
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