We need to teach how doubt is not to be feared but welcomed. It’s OK to say, “I don’t know.” — Richard Feynman, Nobel-prize winning physicist
Abraham Lincoln said, “I do not think much of a man who is not wiser today than he was yesterday.” This opens the premise that learning is a daily adventure and doesn’t stop just because school does. Highly effective people are always focused on continuous learning and competing against themselves to grow and learn day by day.
As professional careers or working lives become extended, workplaces become more age and culturally diverse. On top of this many hard skills will need updating.
Today, with the demands made on us from every angle and attention spans decreasing, even those who understand well the need for lifelong learning, can find it challenging to stay the course.
In this video Bill Clinton answers the question “What is the most important thing you have learned?” at the Global Education and Skills Forum 2014:
I think the most important thing that I have learned is that there’s more to learn. That we should — that we should all be hungry for a lifetime.
Click here to watch the full video.
Very often, especially those who have had lengthy and rigorous training, take their foot off the gas once they have qualified, or reached a certain level of seniority.
You don’t want to go there – especially mid-career. Make learning a priority.
Read more at:
- How and Why to Become a Lifelong Learner
- How to Become a Lifelong Learner
- 15 Steps to Cultivate Lifelong Learning
Warnings: If you get good at learning and find that you know more than most people around you, be careful that you don’t turn into a know-it-all.