The Quest for More
The Library of Alexandria housed an unfathomable amount of knowledge for the ancient world. When books and resources were rare, this institution boasted the greatest collection of information ever assembled. It was the masterpiece of the Greek civilization led by Alexander’s lifelong quest to explore and conquer by learning all that was known in the world. His thirst for knowledge changed human history!
Knowledge and personal growth have always been prized as an avenue for success. There is so much to learn, it is a process that could last a lifetime and never be exhausted. So much more in this modern age of information where masses of data lay right at our fingertips.
What is Lifelong Learning?
Lifelong learning is defined as “the ‘ongoing, voluntary, and self-motivated’ pursuit of knowledge for either personal or professional reasons. Therefore, it not only enhances social inclusion, active citizenship, and personal development, but also self-sustainability, as well as competitiveness and employability”
Learning is not confined to a school building, textbooks, or a certain number of years of life. It is a process that stretches beyond place, time, and method. As the sayings go, “ignorance is bliss,” however, “knowledge is power!”
Extended learning is not only enriching for your life, but your mind. An open mind is fertile ground for innovation. The more you are exposed to new information and ideas, the more you will understand the world around you and evaluate your beliefs.
It’s not just your mind that might change, learning actually changes the physical makeup of your brain. Just as exercise is beneficial and necessary for our muscles, bones and overall health, learning flexes and optimizes our brain. A healthy brain is important, it is the powerhouse for your entire body.
Reasons To Be a Lifelong Learner:
- Employability is one of the greatest motivators to continue studying. Learning new skills, earning a degree, delving deeper into your chosen field all make for more successful careers and higher pay. In a word, it creates wealth. Learning also increases motivation. Lifelong learners are self-starters and prosper in any economy.
- Personal enrichment through learning makes for an interesting and active life no matter your age. Learning how to knit, play the piano, or do tae kwon do expand social opportunities. Delving into a favorite subject such as the age of exploration allows your brain to get exercise which is just as important as exercise for your body.
- Learning about another culture or how to speak another language opens doors in both your personal and professional life. As our world “shrinks” with globalization and the interconnectivity of the digital age, a second or third language is more important, not less. Also, language learning develops the brain in amazing ways.
- The self-sufficient lifestyle has gained popularity in recent years as people realize how many skills have been lost or forgotten and want to be able to do for themselves. Self-sufficiency requires knowledge and action. While reading about gardening or woodworking is still good, both require hands on experience to master. The practice of learned knowledge leads to deeper understanding, analysis, and ultimately new ideas and a deeper desire to learn more. Pick up a skill when you don’t want to pick up a book.
- Well informed citizens are better able to make good decisions, problem solve, choose representatives, and build sustainable communities. Learning about politics, government, laws, and local needs is the best way to serve your neighbors and country.
Are you motivated to start learning, again? School may be out, but learning should never end. Turn on an audiobook, crack open a novel, read the newspaper, sit down with a neighbor to knit, whatever you do, just exercise your gray matter. This is what Builds the Future. What do you want to learn today?