Perhaps Dr. Seuss defines lifelong learning best when he says, “Think and wonder, wonder and think.”
Lifelong learners are people who look at the world around them and wonder:“Why?”“How?”“What if?”
Lifelong learners let their curiosity lead them down endless rabbit trails. They are constantly learning from everything around them. As a result,
- They make more money and climb the corporate ladder faster
- They have a sense of personal satisfaction
- Their minds stay young and agile
- They gain perspective
- They have great imaginations
- Their lives are more interesting
You might think of learning as formal schooling—primary school, high school and college. But, learning doesn’t stop for anyone as soon as the graduation announcements are in the mail—that’s when learning is just starting! For example, we learn how loans work when we buy our first car or house. We learn about health and medical conditions when we face a diagnosis. We learn about current events by watching the news.
Everyone continues learning throughout their life, but what makes lifelong learners different is that they actively and intentionally learn from everything around them. Some learn for personal reasons, others for professional reasons. Very often lifelong learners are just looking to satisfy their own curiosity.There are many ways lifelong learners continue their quest for knowledge.
Reading—Reading is literally an endless source of knowledge on virtually any topic from history to parenting to philosophy. Most lifelong learners are avid readers of magazines, books, e-books, online articles and blogs, pamphlets—anything they can get their hands on. For those who find reading difficult or tedious, audio books are a great way to learn as well.