For the first 21 years or so of our lives our main job was learning. We spent a major part of our growing up years in the classrooms gaining knowledge. And then once we graduate and get into the professional sphere, except for the occasional on the job trainings, we cease to acquire new skills. Isn’t it odd that living in an ever changing dynamics of the technologically advancing world of today we leave behind the idea of educating ourselves?
Just because we’ve finished with our formal education, it doesn’t mean that our education is over.
Our world is changing around us in such a frantic pace that if we do not continue to grow and develop; we will soon be left behind. We all need to be lifelong learners. We need to continually keep our skills sharp and up to date so that we have an edge in everything we do.
In the early 1980s, when the personal computer had arrived, “computerphobia” was suddenly everywhere. People had fears, anxieties, and were hostile towards using or even touching a computer. They had a feeling of being threatened of being replaced by a machine, or become a slave to it.
But look at things now. A 5 year old can very easily use a Smartphone, whereas a 50 something individual would probably need instructions to use it.
This is the reason why lifelong learning should be so important today more than ever.
You have the opportunity to learn every day of your life and you should take every opportunity to do so. Whether it is talking to people or watching a TV show it doesn’t matter how you choose to learn, just that you do.
Someone who is well-read and keeps up with the latest happenings is much better at holding their own in social gatherings. Our world is ever changing. It’s important to continue learning so you can keep up.
Lifelong learners are always honing their skills and learning new ones. Adding new talents can keep your mind sharp and improve memory as you age.
The more you learn, the more you understand many facets of the same issue. It educates you about other points of view. It may or may not change your mind, but it’ll help you to understand the issue from another perspective.
Once you begin a quest toward lifelong learning, you probably won’t stop. The more you know, the more you’ll want to know.
Lifelong learners are motivated to learn and develop because they want to: it is a deliberate and voluntary act!
Keep on learning !!