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Shouldn’t we all be lifelong learners, if we want to truly enjoy life to its full potential or even make it to the top rung of the ladder of success? We cannot afford to stop learning just as soon as we finish school or college  (formal education) because the ‘real’ learning actually happens after this stage. One of the biggest qualities of a lifelong learner is wonder and curiosity-something which made us question everything around us when we were kids and the world seemed endlessly fascinating.

Here are some of the ways you can build lifelong learning skills:

  1. Read: Want to know one habit ultra-successful people have in common? They read. A lot. Through reading, you can get to understand the mindset of successful people and learn the values they share  A study of 1,200 wealthy people by Steve Siebold, a broke college student who went on to become a millionaire himself, found that the world’s wealthiest people have reading as a pastime in common. But successful people don’t just read anything. They are highly selective about what they read, opting to be educated over being entertained.” (1)
  2. Attend courses: There are plenty of learning opportunities available online-hence, all you need is a laptop and a good internet connection. Some of the most prestigious universities in the world offer material used in their courses free of cost. Whether you want to learn how to code or even learn a new language, the sky’s the limit.
  3. Keep good company: Stay in touch with people who have a positive influence on you and inspire you through your journey. Even if you don’t know such people personally, you can connect with them via Twitter or any other social media platform and seek advice. Technology has broken barriers and made the world a smaller place. Even on the personal front, it’s important to have a support system among your friends or family members. 
  4. Explore different methods: Reading is not the only way you can learn. There are alternative ways for students to approach learning, whether it is in the form of art (drawing diagrams), watching documentaries or even using music to study.
  5. Embrace change: Did you know that Twitter was originally created as an internal service to serve Odeo employees? And today, it has over 300 million monthly active users and is considered the second biggest social network in the world. Hence, it is crucial to develop the attitude wherein you do not feel dejected the moment there is a change or when you have to step outside your comfort zone. Also, remember that not every change in your life has to be negative, it can be a good thing.

References:

  1. https://www.huffpost.com/entry/the-reading-habits-of-ult_b_9688130
  2. https://www.lifehack.org/articles/communication/12-signs-you-are-lifelong-learner.html