Learning should not stop when traditional schooling ends. By actively seeking opportunities to increase your knowledge base you are actively searching for ways to improve your life. Education does not need to be formal. Odds are everyone you know has something to teach you. It is up to you to allow them to do so.
The concept, lifelong learning, was introduced in Denmark in 1971, but has been prevalent in society since Biblical times. Lifelong learning is the ongoing, voluntary, and self-motivated pursuit of knowledge for personal or professional reasons. By definition, it engages social inclusion, active citizenship, and personal development. A lifelong learner embraces self-sustainability rather than competition.
Learning is ongoing and found everywhere. It is in our daily interactions, through social media, engrained into the media, and with technology, global within our own small world. The way we learn may be formal, informal, or self-directed. Research shows that self-learning is the most beneficial and sustainable.
Confucius is credited with, “I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand.” By actively engaging in the learning process and making the commitment to implement what you learn, your journey of self-improvement begins.
When you enhance your learning through rewarding yourself with a creative outlet, you are bringing into balance all the aspects of who you are and who you can become. Even if you are completely lacking in artistic talent and abilities, having a creative outlet of any sort can be very therapeutic. As you indulge yourself in self-expression your talents begin to build and multiply.
Now, think of your favorite athlete, musician, or performer. What do they have that you may not have? Money? Talent? The correct answer is a coach. The most successful people in the world, even the Richard Branson's, Elizabeth Taylor's, and Gloria Vanderbilt's, all had a mentor. Remember, if you are the smartest or wealthiest person in your group, you need to change groups.
By choosing to surround yourself with those who are doing well in the fields that interest you, you are setting yourself up for success. Allow yourself to be encouraged, inspired, and mentored by people much larger than yourself. Everyone needs and must have a mentor in order to produce the results they are looking to create. So, who is yours?
Collectively, as a lifelong learner you are positioning yourself for remarkable outcomes. And, throughout your day remind yourself this is “My Moment to Succeed.”
bartism: "Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it." ~steve jobs
bart is a nationally known, sought-after motivational speaker, author, blogger, personal coach, trainer, entrepreneur, and major advocate of the theatre community.
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