The Benefits of Lifelong Learning With No Downside

“Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young.” Henry Ford

Lifelong learning can be formal, informal, or casual. Expanding your knowledge, skills, attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors are all a part of education. Picking up new information can be for personal development, career goals, or a hobby that may generate income later on.

Lifelong learning is an essential tool as we adapt to the faster pace of technological change in our society. The pandemic may have slowed our pace, but that isn’t an excuse to stop learning online. There has been greater acceptance of remote working, telemedicine, and distance learning. This trend is likely to continue in the future.

6 Benefits of Lifelong Learning

1. Improve Your Skills Throughout your life, you should strive to strengthen your hard and soft skills.  Hard skills are teachable and quantifiable abilities gained through formal education or on-the-job training. For example, you can apply knowledge from courses like accounting, computer software, finance, and marketing in any workplace setting.

2. Be Self-Confident Becoming more knowledgeable boosts our confidence in our personal and professional lives. By being more confident, I often felt less stress on the job. That doesn’t mean I know how to do everything I need to do, quite the contrary. It means that I know what I don’t know and will learn independently or from others. Being humble is recognizing that I can’t possibly know everything.

3. Adaptability Or Fail Adaptability is among the major lessons we have learned due to the pandemic disruption in our lives. Many trends were already happening through a digital transformation, but the coronavirus was a massive catalyst for change. Adaptability becomes more amenable as you expose yourself to more ideas, skills, and knowledge.

4. Be A Mentor To Others Coaching my junior associates to meet or make phone calls to busy executives and analyze publicly available information helped my junior associates to make decisions. Many of my former associates are successful in their own rights. That feels good!

5. Keep Your Brain Healthy Learning activities offset cognitive decline by improving memory. Researchers have found that a history of lifelong mental activity may support better performance. Although it won’t change the biology of Alzheimer’s, it may delay symptoms. Continuous learning keeps brain cells working at optimum levels, limiting mental decline as we age.

6. Being Happy, Not Bored or Boring Growing up, my brother and I would get our mom’s ire if we complained that we were bored. Our mom would instead we would curse (sort of) than say we had nothing to do. She was adamant that finding something to do was our responsibility.

There are many benefits to being a lifelong learner. Be purposeful about what you want to learn, whether it is for personal or professional development. Either way, it will be good for your growth, reduce stress, and boost your health. Find what you are interested in and go for it. We all live busy lives. Find the time to learn throughout life. It is a way to invest in yourself. That can be rewarding.

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