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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Lifelong learners know that reading a book is only the first step. They know that the value lies in applying what they read.
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.
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.
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.
Research shows that people with more education have a greater cognitive reserve and this works as a protection in the face of mental decline.
But there's a twist to it: educated people tend to get Alzheimer's at a later age but once they get it, they're getting it at a higher load of the disease and appear to decline at a faster rate.
Any system or device designed to aid memory:
Even if it is just for 10 minutes before going to bed, you should be learning new stuff every day, a new skill, a new word, a new kind of idea or philosophy. Expose your brain to new frontiers.