Having long been the curious type who always wanted to learn more about the world and most of what’s in it, I vowed many years ago to make an effort to gain some new knowledge every day, no matter how small the lesson.

Some may see this as trying to be a know-it-all, but it is really about keeping yourself well informed about life in general. It’s important to realize that learning doesn’t stop when we leave school but continues throughout life.

Over the years I’ve come to realize the value of having an open mind and being a good listener with a willingness to learn.

Scientist and Doctors believe that keeping your brain stimulated can lead to a longer life, which is a pretty good benefit. Longer life aside, it is always nice to learn something new as the benefits are numerous.

As we continue to learn we continue to build upon our skills which help position us for success in both our business and personal lives.

10 Ways to Never Stop Learning

1. Enroll in continuing education courses.

Again, the learning experience is a life-long one and obtaining a degree after high school has created some of the most successful careers in history. Enrolling in a college and obtaining a Bachelor’s, Master’s or Doctoral degree provides tremendous opportunity for establishing a highly successful career. This is one sure way to ensure that you never stop learning.

2. Visit your local library or bookstore.

Has there ever been a library or bookstore that was not absolutely jammed packed with knowledge?

By reading materials on a subject that you would like to know more about, you expand your knowledge with every page. It’s the most fundamental way of learning and provides for what I have always called the great escape, as the world around you temporarily fades into the background. There is something about reading that is transformative.

3. Visit a museum.

This is one of the most enjoyable ways to keep learning. Museums are loaded with all sorts of items, each with their own story.

I live an hour north of Washington DC where the city is just loaded with museums. I recall visiting one day with the intent of visiting a couple of museums, beginning with the Smithsonian’s Museum of Natural History. As it turned out, that was the only stop that day and I spent some 8 hours or more seeing only a fraction of what is housed there.

4. Visit a foreign country.

During your visit to a foreign country you will be exposed to some of the customs and ways of others, providing a unique learning experience.  Learning how others live can be a great experience. If you remain in a foreign country for an extended period of time you will be forced to learn the local way of life and likely go through the phases of culture shock.

5. Ask Questions

Want to know more about something? Simply ask.

Asking questions can lead to quite an education on your topic of interest, particularly when people see that you are really interested. By nature, most people are quite helpful and are willing to help you learn more by sharing their knowledge.

6. Try something new.

Doing something that you have never done before is a learning experience that can be both fun and educational. A new hobby, exercise routine or a sport you’ve never played can give you a new outlook on life and expose you to new networking opportunities.

7. Visit the elderly.

Visiting folks who are in the sunset years of life can be very rewarding. They love to tell the stories of the “good ole days” and share their life experiences. You can learn some valuable and little known lessons from them. There is also that glimmer in their eyes that comes because someone took the time to visit with them, creating a really positive experience for both of you.

This also provides a glimpse into our future, where we will someday replace them and hope that someone will spend a little time with us as well.

8. Watch TV.

Many see TV as a waste of time, but I’m not talking about those mindless programs with the influential and phony laugh tracks.

Watching educational programming can teach us a lot about life. There are a number of educational networks where you can learn about history, animals, travel and a host of crafts that truly enhance your living and learning experience. Most of these are in high definition, another one of those great escapes. :-)

9. Online research.

If you are reading this then I likely don’t have to tell you about the wealth of information online and easily accessible to the world. You name the topic and there is more than likely something online about it posted somewhere.

Using search engines like Google, Yahoo and Bing you can find just about anything imaginable.

Word of caution. Consider the source of the information you find and verify it’s validity. Many rely on Wikipedia entries, most of which are reliable sources, but these are open source documents that can be updated by anyone. A good practice is one used in the medical profession, get a second opinion.

10.  Ride the technology wave.

As new technologies are developed and released, learn all that you can about them by reading or actually using them. Subscribe to a good tech magazine for the latest in the industry so that you are always in-tune with today’s advancements.

Just think of the cell phones of yesteryear, those huge bags and pouches that were tethered to your vehicle. There were no apps because they had but one purpose, make a call. But today they have advanced to hand-held computers performing all sorts of tasks with high speed performance.

Nearly 70% of U S households now have broadband service allowing people to jump on the internet in a matter of seconds. There was a time not so long ago when the few homes that had access were on, gulp, dial-up.

I use these two examples to point out how critical it is to continually learn about the world we live in and how quickly we can be left behind if we fail to do so.

No matter where you live today, you’ll have to compete on a global stage because technology has shrank the world as we once knew it.

Conclusion

Learning the lessons of life take a lifetime and allowing periods of time to pass us by without learning something new is not the best use of the time we have, in my humble opinion. You don’t have to take on a college course every week, but simply develop the mindset and purpose of learning something every day, no matter how small the lesson. This can be done by reading a single chapter from a book.

If we fail to continually learn, our current knowledge base will someday be overrun by the normal progressions of life, leaving us on the wrong side of opportunity. The people who have “kept up with the times” will be better positioned by far.

One last example:

As the industrial revolution of the 18th and 19th centuries played out, many management and labor jobs made for good earning potential and exceptional to modest standards of living.  But as these industries introduced automation and modernized, many were left with the single skill they had used to earn a living for decades, making them unemployable without some form of retraining.

Might the transition for many have been a little easier had they continually learned new skills?

We cannot say for sure, but continual learning never hurts your cause.

Never stop learning.  

Stay Productive!

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...
Did you like this post? <> Please Share it:

22 Responses to 10 Ways to Never Stop Learning

  1. Steve Youngs says:

    Absolutely, Jimi! The day I stop learning will be the day they’re lowering me down into that six foot hole in the ground.

    BTW, I think that your caution about wikipedia should be applied to all sources of knowledge. In a lot of cases, more so. The quality of wikipedia entries is actually surprisingly high, and it is monitored to a degree.

    Kind regards,
    Steve
    Steve Youngs´s last blog post ..Men Of Honour

    • Jimi Jones says:

      Hi Steve.

      I agree about checking all sources of information. The Wikis is just an example, but yes, check everything if you are uncertain of the facts. I’ve seen a few gaffs on some blogs, politely pointing one out once. Of course, the author was less than appreciative of my comment. but he was incorrect nonetheless.
      Jimi Jones´s last blog post ..How to Follow Through on Your Goals

  2. Hansi says:

    Great post Jimi. Learning something new, and applying it to a task, project, goal, or whatever leaves one with a great sense of joy and accomplishment, not matter what their age
    Hansi´s last blog post ..The Blog-O-Spear part 2

  3. Hi Jimi, I am a big fan of continual learning. Not only does it make you live longer, it can lower your risk for dementia/Alzheimer’s disease.

    Love your points. I would like to add 2 of my favorite ways to learn online include TED.com videos and the free university courses at iTunes U.
    Jennifer Barry´s last blog post ..8 Life Lessons from Ruby- Age 94

    • Jimi Jones says:

      Hi Jennifer.

      Great additions, should have included them in the post. These are two of the best resources online.

      I’m out on TED at a couple times weekly and you are right about iTunes U, that’s another sleeper with an unbelievable amount of learning material and courses.

      Thanks for that! :-)
      Jimi Jones´s last blog post ..When Bloggers Unite Creativity Results

  4. Jimi really important stuff. I am all for continuing to learn. I am all for all these things. I have even experienced what you said about the Smithsonian. A few years back the family went down to DC (my aunt lives by Arlington) we went to the Smithsonian 3 times during our stay there. Like you said 6-8 hours each time and we still didn’t do 1/2 of the place. What a wonderful place that is.

    Just watched a documentary on the Rome and the Emperor Hadrian last night with my Mom and brother. (ok, we also watched the Mentalist…but we wont talk about that)

    Constant learning is not only good for you and helps to keep you sharp, but it begins to be “fun” over time.
    Steve@Lifestyle Design´s last blog post ..Why People FAIL with Affiliate Marketing

    • Jimi Jones says:

      Hey Steve.

      Learning really is fun, no doubt about it. There are so many ways to do it while making it very enjoyable.

      I love a good documentary. You can really learn a great deal about things watching them. The majority of my TV time is spent watching things I can learn from, with the exception of sports like football, basketball and a good action movie. :-)
      Jimi Jones´s last blog post ..10 Ways to Never Stop Learning

  5. Garen says:

    Don’t forget to ask questions if you don’t understand something. I do this all the time. For years if I didn’t know the answer to my questions I would just try to figure it out by myself.

    In my business I know SEO very well, but the social media aspect of it I don’t know very well. Over the last 2-3 weeks I have asked so many question on FB and Twitter I really think I am making progress with learning how to establish a presence on Twitter and Facebook.

    Garen
    Garen´s last blog post ..7 SEO Methods That Actually Work!

    • Jimi Jones says:

      Hey Garen.

      You’ve just pointed out the beauty of life, everyone has a detailed knowledge of something and together we share our expertise and we all grow.

      Many are somewhat shy about asking questions, fearing they will be viewed as dumb, but that is the wrong way to look at it. No one knows everything and we should ask about the things we are curious about. It’s okay to admit that we don’t know something.

      Case in point, I know only the minimal basics of SEO. I’ve learned quite a bit more during the past months but only because I made it a point to learn more and asked some questions. Since this is one of your specialties, I will be picking your brain as well. LOL

      Thanks for your comment, Garen. :-)
      Jimi Jones´s last blog post ..How to Follow Through on Your Goals

  6. Very, very helpful Jimi. Thanks for that. I really lapped it up. Well written and comprehensive. Relieved about #7. I worked that out yesterday, but I wasn’t 100% due to my lack of beers. But that was a relief. I’ve had 3 pills. I’m having 3 pints. Life is good. Thanks.

    John
    Blogger
    John McNally@Blogging for Pleasure and Profit´s last blog post ..MUSE

  7. Anne Sales says:

    Learning is indeed a life-long process. If we stop learning then we get stuck. Probably the easiest way would be watching tv or any documentary movies as they provide in-depth information. Reading is one of my top favourite pastime. In fact I even read when I use the bathroom. :D
    Anne Sales´s last blog post ..iContact Coupon Code

  8. These things are best way to keep on learning. The #5 and the #6 are the things that keeps me on learning. Thanks for sharing this.

  9. susan says:

    I have this lifestyle habit too. I am always saying, “Let’s Google that.” :-)

    Bookstores and libraries are two of my favourite physical haunts. There is so much information at my fingertips sometimes I don’t know where to start.

    When I learn something new I like to write it for my blog or Facebook it. The act of writing helps me remember the info. And then I have a place where I can reference it later when the need arises.

    I enjoyed reading your suggestions, Jimi.
    susan´s last blog post ..When Was the Last Time You Said “Wahoo”

    • Jimi Jones says:

      Hello Susan.

      This is a great habit to have, no? :-)
      I share your passion on this. I love a bookstore, great place to hang out. I seldom get to a library anymore but not for lack of desire. Need to make a point to do this again soon.

      There is something awesome about writing things and memory retention. It really is a neat way to remember things, although I’ve still been known to forget some things. LOL

      Thanks for visiting, glad you enjoyed the post.
      Jimi Jones´s last blog post ..Stop Working like a Robot – Learn How to Outsource

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>

CommentLuv badge