Lifelong Learning: Live Your Best Life!

Posted by on Mar 30, 2012 in Professional Development | 16 comments

The active pursuit of knowledge and experience, called lifelong learning, is a leading cause of happiness! Lifelong learning has many benefits including:

  • Creating opportunity
  • Discovering solutions
  • Building relationships
  • Connecting to community
  • Inspiring a better world
  • Developing a unique identity
  • Improving confidence
  • Mastering new skills
  • Nurturing positive change
  • Realizing a better you!

Essentially, personal and professional development as methods of lifelong learning create personal satisfaction! The awesome effects of development happen in the experience you have along the way. While the results are also great, the real gifts happen in the process of learning.

I have always loved learning and I look forward to continuing my growth and development as long as I live. Learning makes me feel like I’m part of something bigger; it makes me feel more alive! In addition, my professional success can be attributed to my passion for learning as I’ve continually gained new skills and experience and stayed current on new technologies.

There are many opportunities to learn and the best path to growth is to learn by doing. If you’re motivated to achieve personal and professional improvement, here are some ways to develop your mind, body, and spirit.

Be curious

Lifelong learning starts with curiosity. Ask questions! Challenge yourself to wonder why and discover the answers.

You’ll experience more joy and passion in life if you allow your curiosity to spark thoughtful living and personal development.

Read more

Read about topics that interest you, whether you are already comfortable with the topic or not. There’s a wealth of information in books, newspapers, magazines, and blogs.

Libraries and blogs are wonderful and free resources for information and knowledge sharing.

Volunteer

A great way to learn new skills is to volunteer to do a job you don’t know how to do. By the end of your service you’ll surely know something you didn’t know before, and you have the chance to give back to your community in the process!

Check out Volunteer Match for volunteer opportunities in your area.

Join a club

There are many personal and professional organizations and clubs centered around unique skill-sets and topics that provide the opportunity to participate and learn.

Find professional associations in your profession or industry, or join a club like Toastmasters International that offers great communication and leadership skills for anyone and everyone. Discover personal interest groups at Meetup.

Start a conversation

If you know a little about a topic and want to know more, join the discussion online.

Check out LinkedIn Groups, Google Groups, or Yahoo Groups. You can also comment on blogs and ask questions of blogging experts.

Find a mentor

Mentoring is a fantastic way to network and grow. A mentor is an experienced professional that guides a protege by offering tailored advice and insight into the protege’s desired career path.

Some organizations have a mentoring program available to employees or members. You can also find someone you know and ask them to mentor you. Find a mentor that has something you want, like expertise or opportunity.

Take a class

There are many low-cost classes available through community colleges and local government programs.

Check out your local Workforce Center or Chamber of Commerce for educational programs available in your area.

Blog it

Writing a blog is a great way to learn more about a specific topic and share the knowledge you’ve gained with others! You don’t have to blog about what you know- you can blog about learning as you go.

WordPress.com and Blogger offer free blogging platforms. (I recommend WordPress.com!)

Have fun!

The most important aspect of lifelong learning is to have fun! After all, if you’re not enjoying it, why are you doing it?

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I love your comments! What’s your favorite method of lifelong learning? How else do you grow personally and professionally?

Image courtesy of Mark Brannan.

16 Comments

  1. What awesome tips, thank you for sharing Chrysta…

    There are so many things out there to experience and learn from that it will take a lifetime to learn everything there is to learn. Start now and keep your mind active and hungry for learning new things. It’s a great comfort to know how things work.

    Best wishes to you, for a magnificent weekend.

    Daniel
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    • Thanks for your awesome comment, Daniel!

      Learning creates awareness, excitement and joy in life, doesn’t it? At least those are some of my favorite parts of lifelong learning!

      Have a grateful day!

      Chrysta

  2. I totally agree on this especially on VOLUNTEER. It is really a great way to learn great skills by voluntarily help on jobs and to maximize your potential too.

    • Thanks for your awesome comment, Mika!

      I’ve learned so much from volunteering and it feels great to give back. Whenever I have volunteered I seem to learn more about myself than I learn new skills- has it been that way for you, too?

      Have a grateful day!

      Chrysta

      • Hello Chrysta! Thanks for the reply! I also do volunteer works here in the Philippines, I really had fun too and exciting as well.

  3. Absolutely, Chrysta! I totally agree with you on this post, the benefits of making ones life a journey of learning is an enriching experience. The best thing about it I have discovered is that one is never too young or too old to start the trek.

    I was just telling someone on a phone conversation today, how we should always continue learning. When we understand that life is all about learning, we allow every experience to be our teacher. It’s when we think that there is nothing else to learn that we find ourselves in big trouble.

    I’ve found that those who believe they have learnt all there is to know, are usually the main ones in need of more lessons. :D

    I love the ways you shared here to go about feeding ourselves with more knowledge too. I’ve done all but three; volunteer, join a club, and take a class. Though you’ve inspired me to consider them as well.

    Thanks for sharing your ideas and thoughts on this with us. This was a beautiful post! Cheers!
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    • Thanks for your awesome comment, Deeone!

      I really love the social and interactive experiences involved with joining volunteering, joining clubs, and taking classes!

      Sharing learning with others can provide a much richer experience- especially when I have the opportunity to interact with people who are different than me. I have learned so much from viewpoints and prospectives vastly different from my own.

      I hope you do try at least one of these learning opportunities and write about it on your blog!

      Thanks for joining the conversation! Have a grateful day!

      Chrysta

  4. Agree wholeheartedly! Never, ever stop learning! The day that happens is the day you stop growing… Wonderful suggestions on how to keep learning and growing. One to add, maybe related to being curious, is try something different, do something out of the ordinary. The experience will broaden your perspective and may create a spark for a project or initiative you are pursuing.

    Great ideas, as always, Chrysta!

    Thanks.

    Jon
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    • Thanks for your awesome comment, John!

      I love your suggestion to try something new and different. Learning isn’t only achieved through study- many of life’s greatest lessons are the result of trying something new.

      Thanks for joining the conversation today!

      Have a grateful day!

      Chrysta

      • Jon,

        I apologize for misspelling your name in my original reply- I didn’t catch the autocorrect!

        Be well, my friend! Enjoy your day!

        Chrysta

  5. What awesome tips, Chrysta…especially the last one. Great reminder: Just have fun! What if we lived all the time having as much fun as humanly possible, no matter what we were doing?
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    • Thanks for your awesome comment, Steve!

      Life is better when we remember to have fun and fun makes learning more effective, too!

      Thanks for joining the conversation today! Have a grateful and fun day! :)

      Chrysta

  6. Life is about learning and I love how you share so many different avenues that people can learn! Your readers should never say they are bored!
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    • Thanks for your awesome comment, Sara!

      One of the greatest gifts of technology is information sharing! While I am the type of person to seek out learning opportunities I acknowledge there are many opportunities I would not have discovered on my own. I love technology! Especially in a society with such a diverse economic population, having access to so many resources is great.

      Thanks again for your comment!

      Have a grateful day!

      Chrysta

  7. Hi Chrysta,

    I love reading your posts on a Friday. Always puts me in a good mood and sets me up for the weekend!

    I’ve been thinking about development quite a bit lately. I’m ready for something new (but I just haven’t quite decided exactly what just yet – soon though).

    The really important thing, in my opinion at least, is to maintain a sense of healthy curiosity. As long as your curious, the subsequent steps are pretty much almost a natural progression (again, just my opinion).

    Anyway, thanks for a great read and you have a wonderful weekend.
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    • Thanks for your awesome comment, Hamish! I appreciate the lovely compliment, too! :)

      Lifelong learning does start with curiosity, doesn’t it? I am insatiably curios and this quality has set me up for great happiness and success in my life!

      It’s not only my curiosity that has encouraged me to keep learning, I have also been inspired by the idea that life is as great as I make it!

      Good luck to you, Hamish, as you embark upon a new learning endeavor! Have a grateful day!

      Chrysta

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