Tips to Become & Remain a Lifelong Learner in 2023

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Many people graduate, leave school and stop learning.

They don’t read books and they get set in their ways and routines.

As an observer of people near and around me I have found this idea of not learning fascinating and hard to believe.

In essence, if you quit thinking about your education on graduation day how are you going to keep up with this wonderful world, we live in?

I believe that basically, no one quits learning. The learning process goes on every day.

We all get and buy new products and services and need to learn how they work to use them and function with them.

But that’s not real learning as I want to show in this article.

You may have loved school, but the thought of taking more classes or getting another degree seems daunting, especially with the demands of daily living.

To be a continuous or lifelong learner, there are many ways to gain knowledge, expand your skills, and add to your wisdom. You don’t have to drop everything and go full-time back to school.

There are many ways to add to your professional career and expand your own personal life knowledge.

Professional knowledge:

In today’s world, we can’t stand still. Many jobs are changing quickly, and may not even be the same job one or two years from now.

So, it is important to learn more on-the-job skills to move your career forward and become a more valuable employee.

Here are a few ideas:

  • If offered, go to training classes. Your employer may even pay for some that you find.
  • Go online and find related courses that are offered at low cost and sometimes even free.
  • Ask fellow employees for help. Ask what their advice would be to get and stay current on the job.
  • Ask your boss and coworkers for feedback. What else do you need to do or learn?
  • Learn to write and eventually publish a white paper or book on a subject you are knowledgeable about. Just learning and researching for you paper or book will increase your knowledge.

Personal knowledge:

Don’t forget to work on your personal knowledge base. Too many of us don’t expand our personal knowledge base and have to rely on others for help.

Don’t just relax in front of the television.

Use some of your leisure time for meaningful activities, Expand your personal knowledge base.

Here are a few ideas:

  • Read books about your personal and periodically put in a good fiction novel. Begin by setting a daily reading goal start easy with 5 pages per day.
  • Improve your vocabulary. Set a goal of learning one new word five days per week. Look for free apps that will provide you with a daily word.
  • Learn a foreign language. Start with a free app on your phone and practice a few words or lines daily. Being bilingual can help boost memory.
  • As you look for new things, thoughts, and ideas experiment with them. See if there is something worth your time to do and learn.
  • Find and start a new hobby. This can be rewarding and really expanding in your knowledge base and learning new things.

Start small and see if these ideas are good for you. If not think about other ideas that fit your world.

Are they fun to do as you are becoming a continuous and lifelong learner?

This is easy to say and most likely hard to get started.

Find a challenge that interests you both Professionally and Personally and get started.

Keep it simple but just start doing some deliberate learning every day. Measure your progress and watch yourself grow and change.

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