Lifelong learning

Assuming that the public and private school systems hasn’t crushed our soul and our mind, we can realize and even experience that learning is one of the most exhilarating and so pleasurable activities we have in life. So broadening and so fulfilling in getting rewards to us. It expands our points of view and our way we see things. It gives us new knowledge that we can use to improve our lives and persons and histories. Even if we discount the worldly benefits of it, the act of learning can be a source of enjoyment and deep pleasure.

But in a busy and so inhumane world where we live, it can often be hard to fit in time to learn anything that isn’t essential. The only things learned are those that need to be. Everything beyond that is considered frivolous. Even those who do appreciate the practice of lifelong learning, can find it difficult to make the effort.

Therefore, I love to share here some tips or hints for installing the habit of lifelong learning and enjoy it always:

a) Take the effort of always having a book at your very side.

It doesn’t matter if it takes you a year or a week to read a book. Always strive to have a book that you are reading through, and take it with you so you can read it when you have time. Just by shaving off a few minutes in-between activities in my day I can read about a book per week. That’s at least fifty each year.

b) Try to keep a “to-learn” list which can help you in learning

We all have to-do lists. These are the tasks we need to accomplish. Try to also have a “to-learn” list. On it you can write ideas for new areas of study. Maybe you would like to take up a new language, learn a skill or read the collective works of Shakespeare. Whatever motivates you, write it down.

c) Get more intellectual friends from whom you can learn something or adquire from them the habit of learning

Start spending more time with people who think. Not just people who are smart. But people who actually invest much of their time in learning new skills. Their habits will rub off on you. Even better, they will probably share some of their knowledge with you.

d) Guided thinking is a great way to expand your learning abilities

Albert Einstein once said, “Any man who reads too much and uses his own brain too little falls into lazy habits of thinking.” Simply studying the wisdom of others isn’t enough, you have to think through ideas yourself. Spend time journaling, meditating or contemplating over ideas you have learned.

e) Try always to put it into practice what you learn or read

Skill based learning is useless if it isn’t applied. Reading a book on C++ isn’t the same thing as writing a program. Studying painting isn’t the same as picking up a brush. If your knowledge can be applied, put it into practice.

f) Or better still, try to teach others with it

You learn what you teach. If you have an outlet of communicating ideas to others, you are more likely to solidify that learning. Start a blog, mentor someone or even discuss ideas with a friend.


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