In a world where things are changing and evolving at a rapid rate, it is crucial to stay ahead of the curve. We simply can’t afford to get left behind.The good news is: we don’t have to.
In the past few years, I have seen some incredible advances in people’s ability to change, learn and grow. Of course, some of this might have been forced-change, but nevertheless those people rose to the occasion, and made an effort to learn how to do things differently.
Those people that stayed ahead are the ones that were willing to learn and develop themselves. This will continue to be the case for many years to come.
As the saying goes: adapt or die. It’s a common saying for a good reason because, in almost all aspects, this remains true.
One of the best ways to adapt and evolve with our peers, our industry – and to ensure we don’t get left behind – is to adopt a continuous learning mentality.
Continuous learning is exactly what it says and can best be described as “a self-motivated persistence in acquiring knowledge, and competencies, in order to expand our skills and develop opportunities.”
Continuous learning does not mean that we all have to enroll for a Master of Science degree in Data Engineering. In essence, it just means to keep learning and developing yourself and can be as simple as reading a manual on how to change a tyre to something as complex and challenging as enrolling for that MBA you always wanted to do.
Learning keeps our brain active.
Our brain is one of our most valuable assets, and it works like a muscle; if you train it, it becomes stronger. Competence leads to confidence.
Learning makes you happy.
Research has shown that learning something new makes us happy. It gives us a sense of achievement and fulfillment.
Everyone does it.
More and more people are adapting a continuous learning mentality to ensure their relevance and sustainability in their work, family life, social life and personal life.
Learning leads to opportunities.
We start to think differently as we understand and know more and, inherently, this leads our brain to identify new opportunities. It opens us up for growth.
Learning helps us focus and set goals.
In a technological age, it is so easy to get distracted for hours at a time. Time which could have been spent in a fun, productive and satisfying way. Train your mind to focus on the task at hand, don’t get distracted, and most importantly, set goals.
Learning inspires and teaches others.
To be an inspiration for your children, a family member, a colleague or even your neighbour is a gift, and it makes our souls happy. Inspire others, transfer your skills and knowledge to those who are eager for it – you might just change someone’s life for the better. On the flipside, be open to receive information from others even if you don’t agree with their stance on the matter.
Learning creates “you time”.
In this crazy little world of ours, it’s easy to forget to take care of ourselves too. Learning is a great motivator to ensure you schedule time to work on yourself.
The more you learn, the better you get at it.
By adopting a continuous learning mentality, learning will become easier over time, you will be able to recall what you have learned easier, and what felt like a strain a few weeks ago, will become effortless.
Some might be thinking, “where will I find time to learn something new; I am already so busy?” and to those I would say, tongue in cheek, that there are great time-management courses available online. It is, however, a great way to start with your continuous learning journey, and I am sure we can all learn to manage our limited time a little better.
Go try something new, watch a YouTube video on how to keep your plants alive, enrol for that short-course you have always wanted to do, attend a woodworking course you never got around to. Even if you just learn a new word every day, you are still keeping ahead of the curve. Pretty soon you will find your brain longing for more, until you reach a point where it becomes part of your daily routine.