Talk to anyone who’s wildly successful or who has accomplished any of their dreams, and somewhere in their story you will find a common element: that they were continuously learning in at least one area of life.
On my own quest to find success, I’ve heard this piece of advice over and over again: if you want to succeed in life, always be learning.
Now, in my ripe old age of 30 (haha), I finally understand why. There are SO many good reasons, but here I’ve compiled the top three for you to check out.
Reason #1: Leaders are readers!
You might not think of yourself as a leader, but if you have dreams that you want to come true, you’ll need to at least lead yourself. Chances are that along the way you might also need to lead your friends, family, or a small team as well. Leaders are known for reading, because they want to absorb all of the knowledge of those who have gone before them. Doing so will make their journey smoother, and possibly faster. Wouldn’t you rather accomplish your goals in five years rather than ten? I sure would! I would absolutely love to hear the advice of those who have gone before me!
Reason #2: It reminds you to stay humble.
When you learn new things, it reminds you of all the things you don’t actually know. Go take a foreign language or differential equations class, and you’ll get a big ‘ol dose of humility real quick. It’s good for us to remember what that feels like, especially when we’re cruising along and finding success in our endeavors. I want you and me both to be confident and successful, but not so much that arrogance creeps in. The last thing I want you or me to be is an arrogant know-it-all that nobody can stand being around, and I know you don’t want that either!
Reason #3: It keeps you on the cutting edge, which keeps you relevant.
Doctors are required to continue their education in the medical field while practicing to ensure that they’re up to speed on the latest breakthroughs. Your journey should be the same. If you or I refuse to learn new things and become old dogs that can’t be taught new tricks, then we are sure to fall behind and wither away. If you’re launching a business, you need to be aware of current marketing techniques. If you’re aiming to get into a new career field or get a promotion, then you need to know the latest changes and advances in your field. If you’re an author, you need to be aware of what kinds of books are flying off the shelves these days.
In addition, being aware of the latest techniques and trends will help you build rapport with your target market. Whether they realize it or not, people like to follow people who are always progressing and in-the-know with the latest and greatest changes.
If you devote yourself to meaningful continuous learning throughout your life, you will find yourself set up for success. Learning from those who have gone before us is such a benefit to you and me on our journeys to accomplishing our dreams, and will help us avoid critical mistakes while also learning more productive ways that others hard to learn the costly way.
Keeping ourselves in a place of learning from others also keeps us humble, which helps us remember how absolutely we need the help of others in this journey. It also keeps us up-to-date in our field, which not only helps us do things more effectively, but also builds rapport with our target market.
We’re in the golden age of information. If you aren’t sure where to start, there are endless opportunities. The easiest place to start is to simply start researching things through online searches. Curious about current marketing strategies? Search “modern marketing” and see what comes up. Not sure how to break into that new career field? Search “how to start a career in underwater basket weaving”. See what you find. Typically my research first leads me to an endless number of articles, which then direct me to books, which then lead me to specific experts on the topic.
If continuous learning for you can’t be done by online searches but instead must be in the form of schooling, fret not. There are now a plethora of options for every field, schedule, and budget.
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Now that you see why continuous learning is so important, do you have any ideas of what you could start doing? Or maybe you’ve already been doing this for years? Either way, share your method with us!