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10 Things Only People Who Can't Stop Learning Would Understand

Buying New Books

Lifelong learners are often found browsing for books on Amazon, visiting their local library or book stores. They also ask people for book suggestions, especially for non-fiction titles that relate to their goals.

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10 Things Only People Who Can't Stop Learning Would Understand

10 Things Only People Who Can't Stop Learning Would Understand

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Asking Questions During Class

Deep engagement with learning makes the experience more valuable and easier to remember.

You can take notes about the material to ask questions later or even send questions by email or ask for an appointment.

Learning To Earn

Continuing education is vital to maintain your career growth. Lifelong learners view their education as a portfolio with several components.

If you want to earn more, consider learning sales and marketing skills. Those skills are useful even for non-sales jobs.

Delving Into Interests And Hobbies

In the pursuit of the good life, lifelong learners know that career enhancement is not the only part of the picture. There is much to be said for studying music, drawing and other creative efforts.

The Social Aspect Of Learning.

By taking a course or attending a seminar, lifelong learners are exposed to other highly motivated people. There is also much to be said about the positive energy and excitement you can learn from a conference.

Improving Your Life

Lifelong learners know that reading a book is only the first step. They know that the value lies in applying what they read.

Learning On a Budget

Lifelong learners know there are many different ways to learn, some of them quite cheap. Like libraries, which provide access to traditional books, digital books, and video courses, or online platforms like Udemy, Coursera and Clarity.

Learning From Conversations

Books, courses and other traditional forms of learning are effective but they lack the interaction and customization that you can get speaking with a skilled person at length.

A live interaction gives you the ability to learn and build a relationship at the same time. 

Journaling And Reflecting 

Reflecting on your mistakes transforms them into valuable learning experiences.

If you take a risk and it blows up, review the activity. Take some time to write in a journal about the experience. Ask yourself what lessons you can draw from the mistake.

Scheduling Your Learning

One approach is to spend an hour every morning studying – dedicating an hour every day to work on your skills puts you into the ranks of top performers. In addition, some people use one lunch hour per week to attend a webinar, read a book or work on another educational activity.

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“If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough.”

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Is the idea that we learn unconsciously through our senses in a self-regulated way, without requiring external reinforcement. 

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Less visual clutter to eliminate distractions

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