The Importance of Learning

Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn. Benjamin Franklin

Why is it important to always learn and mature as an individual?   We've all made mistakes throughout our lives that haven't precisely put us in the best light; perhaps mistreating a person in a past relationship or telling a little white lie to get out of trouble for a mistake made at work. Chances are, however, you have undoubtedly felt a small amount of guilt and grew because of these experiences.

I'm an average person trying to become the best version of myself in this lifetime in both my career, and personal life. I'll never achieve my goal, but it doesn't mean I won't challenge myself to learn and improve everyday.  

Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young. - Henry Ford

Lifelong learning can be socially invigorating while also improving memory and cognitive abilities.  There are two main reasons for learning throughout life: for personal development and for professional development.  These reasons may not necessarily be distinct as personal development can improve your employment opportunities and professional development can enable personal growth.

At the core of our personal growth is an unquenchable desire to learn.  It is the student, people keen to open their minds and expand their skill-sets, who will be in a position to succeed in their endeavors throughout life. We can’t control everything.  Sometimes we need to relax and have confidence that things will work out.  Embracing a student-like mentality and learning to turn self-education into a daily habit, a person can hone their current skills and develop new ones while enriching their mind.  Thus,  we are better able to prepare for life’s inclement weather, and as a result, when the time to adapt arrives, the transitions are less bumpy.

The goal of personal growth is to find balance between living your life and learning new skills and tools to be your best self.  Learning helps you expand your mind and as you are acquiring information that you did not have before, enables you to do things that you could not do before.   Knowledge is the primary source of value in our world today and your ability to expand your mind and devote yourself to lifelong learning is the key to breaking any success barriers.   However, what you do with the knowledge you acquire determines the quality of your life.  Do you learn for selfish reason or for selfless acts of goodness.  I believe there is great satisfaction in learning, but there is even greater fulfillment in mastering what you have learned in ways that improve your life and the lives of others.   What about you? Are you challenging yourself to continue learning in some way that will further your professional, mental, or spiritual development?  Do you strive to make the world a better place for all beings everyone, or do you learn just for personal pleasure?  I believe in you and I being you are capable of greatness.