When we are young, we are curious little creatures. Always watching the world around us; eager to interact with our environment. We walk, talk, fall, and touch anything we can get our hands on.
But for some reason, we tend to lose that sense of curiosity as we grow older. We stop trying new things, for fear that we won’t succeed or we’re afraid of embarrassment.
Maybe it’s our environment, the education system or just laziness. Either way, it’s a big mistake.
“Develop a passion for learning. If you do, you will never cease to grow. -Anthony J. D’Angelo
When you stop learning, you no longer challenge the mind. It has no stimulus and soon grows weak making you lazy and lethargic. So its important to always be in pursuit of knowledge.
Think of learning like a health club for your mind. By keeping your mind active, it helps you stay smarter, longer. An active mind can fight off diseases such as dementia, and Alzheimer’s while keeping you mentally sharp. Surely, everyone can see the benefits in that.
Simply put, if you plan on living past tomorrow, you should strive to be a life-long learner. The fact of the matter is that if you’re not going forward, you’re going backward and not learning is a form of self-sabotage.
By acquiring new skills, and trying new things, it gives you the opportunity to become a more well-rounded individual capable of providing better contributions at home, work, and life.
“Once you stop learning, you start dying.” -Albert Einstein
Some of the most successful people in the world are self-educators. People like Warren Buffet, Bill Gates, and Elon Musk are all voracious readers.
Buffet spends hours reading, and Gates has reading vacations where he’ll just read. When Musk, was asked how he learned how to build a rocket, he said books!
Now if reading isn’t your thing, you can watch videos, listen to ebooks, enroll in seminars, or sign up for classes. We live in an age where we have various forms of information available to us ready for our consumption free of charge.
Universities such as Yale provide free classes, youTube has TED talks, and some phone apps offer free ebooks. Information is all around us and we must take advantage.
Learning is more important than you think, and something we should all actively pursue. Now you don’t have to make rockets like Musk but don’t sell yourself short. Take the time to learn today and become smarter than you were yesterday. Who knows it might change your life.