The Case For Continuing Education
There are lots of way to continue learning once your “education” is complete. I would argue everyone has the opportunity to learn something new everyday. Weather or not we actually do is another matter.
Often times the daily grind can blind us and confine our world to our line of sight. Just getting through the day or the week can be enough of a task without taking the time to learn something new. I know that I don’t always feel like I have the RAM to take on anything new.
Such a habit, unfortunately, leads inevitably to stagnation. We are meant to learn throughout our life, not just in the beginning. This is the greatest advantage of aging, and it is why our elders have such wisdom.
Living and working in a culture that empowers continuing education is your best bet for growth. Such a culture values growth, curiosity, and learning. It provides the autonomy to make mistakes and the security to learn from them. It provides the expectation that every day is a good day to learn and it provides the support to make it possible.
One options for life-long learning is to go back to school, or at least to take classes. Your brain is like a muscle in the sense that if you do not use it you lose it. Continuously feeding your curiosity not only educates you on the subject matter your currently pursuing, but it also removes those blinders and helps you see the daily opportunities for learning. Such a cycle helps strengthen the culture of growth.
With the internet as a resource we have access to the greatest wealth of knowledge ever created and with the growing popularity of free and paid online learning courses this knowledge is now structured and accredited. Even if you don’t take a class there are still a world of articles, blog posts, pod casts, and instructional videos designed to help you learn that one new thing.
Probably the most powerful method for continuous learning is to listen curiously. I use this term broadly because it means more than just hearing the things around you, the story of and elder, or the advice of a mentor. It really means being open and receptive to the things going on all around you
How do you try to create a culture of growth and learning? Is it a priority for you in your personal and professional lives? What would make continuous learning easier for you?