Handbook for Creating and Living a Meaningful Life: Principle # 3– Learn to be a Life-Long Learner

Author’s note: On this post I will flush out in more detail the number #3 principle from the Handbook for Creating and Living a Meaningful Life: 30+ Rules of the Road .

Quote: The world is but a canvas to our imaginations–Thoreau

Be a Life-Long Learner and student by practicing continuous self-education and learning from experiences and challenges presented to you in life.

I view life as a classroom with no walls but plenty of lessons to learn and time to try them out. If we don’t keep learning, we lose our edge. Learning comes through experiences as Ralph Waldo Emerson once said,  “All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better.”  

Once we think we know everything, we are in trouble. We can always learn things that will improve our work and personal life. The challenge is to find the right form of learning that works for us. To educate literally means “to draw out”, and therefore education, whether in the classroom, with a mentor, on the job or with a coach these processes can lead us to explore and discover more creative options and ask the right kinds of questions. Continuous learning keeps us sharp, keeps our thinking fresh, prevents burnout and actually helps our brain cells develop further. We need to discover how to keep learning what we truly need to know throughout our lives.

Learning is not just what you were taught in school. When attempting new skills we need to practice and be patient with ourselves. Changing personal habits developing new mind sets as my dad would say to us “It is never too late to teach an old dog new tricks.” So in the end, life to me is  “learning, reflecting, practicing and producing results by acting on new insights”.  It is always about committing to try and remembering when the student is ready the teacher will come–Are you ready?

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