In this busy world of ours, there’s a willingness to forgo learning to focus on what’s “essential” (which is subjective, of course). But, if you want to thrive in life, you must embrace a life-long-learning philosophy.
I believe for a truly healthy mind, we must keep evolving, learning, and developing, so you gain the knowledge you need to make better decisions that improve your life.
Is it time you gave your brain a power-boost? Here are a few ways you can:
“Knowledge itself, is power.”
– Sir Francis Bacon.
1. Attend Business / Industry Networks
Do your research and seek out valuable, like-minded, inspired communities. Learning in a social environment is much more fun than sitting on your own after work each night watching webinars! Look for interesting and relevant workshops and meet ups that you’ll gain value from, and add value to (don’t forget to give back!).
2. Become a Mentor / Mentee
Whether you’re a mentor or mentee, there is so much value to be gained from these relationships. As a mentee, partner with a career coach, life coach, business coach – or, someone you admire for getting their life where you wish to be and learn from their experiences.
As a mentor – you’ll solidify your knowledge and develop new relationships and opportunities by opening up your life experiences to someone else. Learn what you teach.
3. Enrol in A Formal Training Course (Free or Paid)
Have an interest in photography? Fashion? Creative writing? Knitting? Why not study a course to upskill?
If there’s something missing in your career and you’re thinking of a change, there are many low-cost and free courses available through YouTube, Udemy, and EdX to get you going. If you enjoy the content and you want to develop your knowledge further, then TAFE or University might be the direction for you.
Education doesn’t need to be expensive and your finances shouldn’t be a barrier to your learning. The Australian Government provides financial assistance to Australian tertiary students through their Higher Education Loan Program (HELP) – remove those potential up-front cost barriers that might be holding you back.
4. Join A Book Club
Committing to a regular reading habit, like joining a book club, will open your mind up to creativity, new thinking, and enjoyment in living. Who doesn’t love being absorbed in a well-crafted plot? Or, being inspired by a practical guide to better business, relationships, finances, and creativity?
“I don’t think much of a man who is not wiser today than he was yesterday.”
– Abraham Lincoln
5. Keep a To-Learn List
You know how I feel about goal-setting. What are some learning goals you aim to achieve in the next 12 months? Maybe you want to learn a new language. Read 20 books. Complete a Cert IV in business management. Whatever you desire, put it on paper, include it in your goals, and add it to your budget (if it requires money).
Make time for learning so you can open yourself up to an enhanced life. You might find yourself embracing a new direction – which leads to a happier mind and more positive outlook.
Make it official? Share what’s on your Learning To-Do list in the comments!