Learning is the acquisition of knowledge or skills through experience, study, or being taught. Knowledge is powerful. So, they say. But is it really? I believe so. In life you are constantly learning. When you are born you learn how to cry when you’re hungry. As you grow older you learn how to walk and talk. You go to school you learn how to write and read. Each year in school until you graduate you are learning something new. The world couldn’t operate without knowledge. If no one couldn’t read, then it will be hard to communicate. Before technology google wasn’t easily accessible so people had to research things the old school way using encyclopedias and almanacs.
When I was a child, I enjoyed reading. I read books, newspapers, encyclopedias, magazines, whatever had words on it I read it. I loved learning and I still do. My mom used to tell me all the time when I was a child, I was always curious about how things work. I was always alert, looking around at my surroundings. She told me during my four-year-old checkup I couldn’t keep still. I was walking around the doctor’s office and while he asked me questions and I would get them right, but I just couldn’t sit still. I was curious about everything. I used to take things apart and put it back together just because I wanted to know how it looked on the inside. If I couldn’t figure something out, I would research it or ask for help.
Learning is important. You should never stop learning. No matter how old you, can always learn something new. Someone younger than you can teach you something and someone older than you can teach you something. My children teach me stuff all the time. You don’t have to go to college to learn. All it takes is listening. While you’re listening pay attention. When I’m listening to a podcast or an audio book, I must give it my complete mental focus, or I basically just wasted a lot of my time.
A lot of people are not good listeners. Why? Because we all think what we have to say is important. I don’t mean that in a mean way but its true we value our opinions more than anyone else’s. That’s why its hard to concentrate when someone is teaching us something or when you’re listening because the ego side of us automatically think we know what the person is going to say, or we just don’t agree with it in the first place. That’s one reason why I don’t debate. A lot of people like having intellectual conversations with me but when it comes to debating, they know I’m not going to participate. The reason isn’t because I don’t value others opinions. The reason is that not everyone values people opinions and when you debate its basically giving your opinion about something and arguing your truth. Most people think they must convince you that they are right when that’s not what debating is for.
Why is learning important? It’s the way you survive. Learning is powerful. When you have knowledge people can’t take advantage of you. Also, if you’re trying to make improvements in your life it takes learning from your mistakes. A coach or a mentor can help guide you in the right direction. Self-help books are also another way to get your life on track. If you don’t have money to buy books check them out at your local library for free. I love self-help books because there’s never going to be a time in life when I can say I won’t need any help. Life was not made to be done alone you always can use a helping hand. When I read self-help books it keeps me motivated and on the right path.
Learning is fun. Don’t make it a task. If you want to be successful and live a fulfilled life it takes learning. Everyday there is an opportunity for you to learn something new. Don’t miss out on that opportunity.
“Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young.” -Henry Ford