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Why we should never stop learning
“All the world is a laboratory to the inquiring mind.” ~ Martin H. Fischer
Take that concept in for a moment. Just because we aren’t in a structured educational environment anymore, doesn’t mean that we automatically stop learning. One of the best things about life is that we never have to stop learning. There are always new skills to learn and techniques for us to adopt. One of the worst things you can do to yourself in this life is to close your mind off to new knowledge or ideas – or to think that you’re done learning. You are the teacher, the student and the head administrator of your own curriculum.
Lifelong learning is the first step in becoming an outstanding performer. In today’s fast paced world, if you don’t keep learning, you’re not standing still, you’re falling behind. However, there are many sound reasons to never stop learning that are beneficial for your life overall.
1. Learning keeps your mind young and makes you healthy.
Continuously learning is important in keeping the mind active, alert and healthy. Research shows that people who focus on their personal growth have lower cortisol levels (the stress hormone), an improved immune system, and better sleep. There’s evidence that keeping your mind active also helps fight dementia and brain ageing. If that’s not enough to make you smile, studies also show that learning new skills produces a rush of dopamine (the feel-good hormone).
2. Learning is funny.
It’s not so fun when it’s a struggle to comprehend something, but when it clicks, you feel so accomplished and intelligent. It is also so productive and time that’s never ever wasted. You should remember that education is good investment in your life – it can be benefit to learn more.
3. Helps to keep you from boredom.
Learning something new or refreshing your memory on a topic you already know about, prevents you from getting bored with the same old thing every day. And as much as we like to make excuses about not having any extra time, we really do. There’s always time for priorities and what’s important to us.
4. Learning broadens your view.
Many scientists believe that much of what we call creativity is simply the ability to translate skills and learned information into another setting. When you’re always learning you have a stronger knowledge base to approach problems from a different angle. You’ll also be able to make better decisions more quickly and confidently as you’ll have access to all your newly gained knowledge.
There’s no way to truly master any craft without always looking for ways to improve; learning and applying new skills is the ultimate self-improvement. When we stop trying to better ourselves and learn new things, we essentially stop striving for our goals.
6. Learning helps you to be more successful.
The final reason to continue with life-long learning is because that’s what successful people do. If you settle back and decide that you’ve learnt everything you need to know about running a business, about succeeding in your career or about managing and motivating your team … you’ll lose out to competitors who have a passion for learning. Learning is an essential ingredient of any successful business. As soon as you close your mind to the possibility of another reality, you are closing yourself off to other greater opportunities that lie waiting for you.
To sum up, I want to say that there’s no doubt that every day is a gift, and the gift is an opportunity to live, to learn, and to grow. Be a student of life and never stop learning.
“The more I live, the more I learn. The more I learn, the more I realize, the less I know”. – Michel Legrand.