Lifelong Learning: 10 Easy Habits to Ensure You Always Keep Growing
Lifelong learning...don't let your mind go to mush! If you were to develop one skill to help you to get ahead in
all aspects of life, what would it be?
Studies have shown that by far, the best advantage you can
give yourself is to become a lifelong learner. Why? Because without learning,
the mind stagnates.
Thankfully, becoming a lifelong learner isn’t hard. Below are
ten easy ways to build a habit of learning that will serve you in years to
Unless you make lifelong learning a priority, you’re not
going to enjoy success. You start with committing to change and then go from there.
2. Create your learning environment
True learning results when you take charge of your learning
environment. Sit down with your mentor and make concrete goals. Set up a system
that enables you to learn and a setting in which you can learn. Once you have
this, you are truly ready to begin.
Read books, magazines, news articles, academic journals, and
anything that catches your attention. If it’s interesting to you, then it’s
4. Keep a list
Have a question? Write it down. Come back to this list later
and Google the answers. Let this become the jumping off point for learning new
Create a project out of one of the things you find
interesting. Set goals, give a timeline, and a final deadline to complete it.
Invite others to take part in your project with you. You learn so much more
when you collaborate. Create milestones and celebrate each one on your road to
Hang out with smart people who also enjoy learning. These
will become your encouragers and mentors along the way.
7. Become a mentor yourself
We all have something we’re good at and could teach. Your
particular skill set might be what someone else needs to succeed. By getting
involved in mentoring, you find yourself not only cementing the knowledge you
already have but learning new things as well.
8. Try different learning styles
If you’ve always thought of yourself as one kind of learner,
try a new way to learn. You’ll stimulate your brain in new and exciting ways.
9. Study and/or collaborate with others
When you work with a group, it’s generally easier to learn as
you can draw upon the base of shared knowledge. That, in turn, helps you to
discover new things yourself.
10. Seek a job that encourages you to keep learning
The final step toward lifelong learning is to find work where
you are encouraged to learn new things, and which continually challenges you.
Remember, building habits that lead to lifelong learning rely
on repetition. Engage in these activities as often as possible, making them a
part of every single day if you can, for optimal success.
Never stop learning...
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