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The Benefits Of Becoming A Lifelong Learner

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Lifelong learning refers to the process of broadening your knowledge and developing a set of new skills. It refers to learning that is self-initiated and focuses on personal development. Today, we are living in a world that requires us to constantly develop ourselves and adapt to the constantly changing environment.

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Lifelong learning is an important element in our lives as it advances our skills, broadens our knowledge, and keeps us updated with the current and latest trends.

There is no age limit and timeline as to when we have to complete certain goals or tasks in our lives. Lifelong learning requires us to embrace the opportunity to learn. As individuals, we have to realise and know that we all have the potential to change and grow through our knowledge and experiences. 

Tips to becoming a lifelong learner

Hold yourself accountable for your own learning experience:
Let’s face it, we have all experienced a point in our lives where we have faced obstacles that affected our educational learning. However, we have to acknowledge that we are responsible for our own learning outcomes. The more time and effort you spend on learning, then you will reap the success of your efforts.

Turn your mistakes into opportunities:
In life, we are faced with many obstacles and sometimes we are bound to make mistakes. Instead of focusing on the negatives, try and take the negative situation and take something positive from it. There is so much that we can learn from making mistakes. This is also a reminder to ourselves that we are only human and that we have tried, regardless of the outcome. 

Create  learning “go-to” toolbox:
Everyone has their own learning style or tricks to help them learn. Identify what tools will be helpful for your own learning, and create new ones to add to your collection or toolbox.

For example:

  • A sing-along song
  • Mental repetition 
  • Mind mapping 
  • Podcasts 
  • Writing/highlighting keywords

Try new things:

Whether it's a new hobby or passion, trying new things keeps our brain stimulated and boosts our mindsets. When you broaden your perspective, you will start to realise that there is more to learn about the world than you could ever imagine. 

For example:

  • Volunteering
  • Journaling 
  • Blogging 
  • Public speaking 
  • Meditating 

Put the work into practice:

Skill-based learning will not be effective if it is not applied in your everyday life. When you have the knowledge, you have the responsibility to put the skills into practice and achieve your desired goals. Once you put your mind to it, nothing can stop you from achieving what you have set for yourself. It takes a lot of dedication, commitment, and hard work and you will soon reap what you have sowed. 

Therefore, no matter where we are in life, every individual has the opportunity to learn and grow.
 

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