Lifelong Learning

“Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish.”

Steve Jobs

“In our rapidly gyrating world, learning-for-life is no longer an option; it’s a professional life (or death) necessity – as more and more are beginning to realize.”

Tom Peters, The Little Big Things, 163 Ways to Pursue Excellence

A life of learning.

Is there anything more precious?

But how many of us treat the idea with any degree of seriousness?

Too many people are content to stop when they call time on School (“Phew no more exams…!”). Learning isn’t just about what you are (formally) taught. It’s about staying curious, hungry, with an impish sense of what’s possible.

The Internet offers us such wondrous, momentous opportunity. But how many of us take advantage of the exponential body of knowledge? Even if we pursue a new course of action, it is saturated with a heavy career bias. We do it because we think it will give us critical (professional) advantage. Of course, this is perfectly understandable, but it is reckless, when our purview is so narrow.

I don’t want to sound like I’m preaching, but it still astonishes me how little time and money people spend on their education. The question is always left hanging but you know where they are coming from – what’s in it for me….?

Life is what we make it.

No one is coming to your rescue – Shining Knights are in short supply.

Neither should learning g-r-i-n-d to a halt because your enthusiasm and zest for life has calcified in the face of little opportunity.

Seize the opportunity, and challenge yourself to learn something new every single day for the rest of your life. Pursue your passion, interests that you have ignored, sign up for a course or two and read, read, read.

You will find that after a while your life will take on new meaning.

Summary

Every opportunity presents us with an the possibility to learn but is it stretching you? Your dreams will be awoken by learning purposefully, and not just to get you through each day.

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