Never Stop Learning: 5 Ways to Always Be a Student of Life
Education is not confined to the four walls of a classroom. Here’s how to never stop learning wherever you are in life.
Education is a life-long process. You may have graduated from school, but there’s still much to learn as you and the world around you continue to evolve. How do you do it when you have a nine-to-five, hobbies, and responsibilities? It’s all about your mindset. Here are some ways to make sure you never stop learning.
Never Be the Smartest Person in the Room
If you are, you’re in the wrong room. This famous quote is attributed to many people and paraphrased on social media. It emphasizes the importance of surrounding yourself with people with more knowledge and experience, learning from them, and . Continue moving and learning from everyone you encounter, and don’t settle in one place because it’s within your comfort zone.
Always Read the Back of the Cereal Box
Everything with words is reading material. The back of a cereal box, a furniture manual, a poster on the wall — all of these have knowledge to offer. When you were a kid, you may have wondered if you’ll ever have to use fractions as an adult, and maybe you’ve never had to solve for X until today. When you have a learning mindset, the application of knowledge is not important. Education is an end in itself.
Hang Out with Younger People (and Don’t Judge Them)
Do you never want to hear the phrase “okay boomer”? Be open to learning from the young. Whether you’re 35 or 65, you will inevitably have outdated opinions and information. There’s nothing wrong with that, unless you hold on to them like, well, a boomer. Even children can provide valuable insight. Instead of rolling your eyes the next time you see a Gen Zer dancing in front of their phone, ask them what that’s all about. Better yet, dance along.
Travel With Your Feet, Stomach, and Mind
is one of the easiest and most enjoyable ways to learn about people and culture. Things don’t work the same way on the other side of the world, and that’s a beautiful thing to realize while channeling your inner backpacker. Use your stomach and mind when you can’t travel with your feet. Travel through tasting new dishes. Understand their origins and how they’re made. Go on a journey by diving into a new book. There’s more than one way to travel. Use your imagination.
Go Ahead and Ask Your ‘Stupid’ Question
The threat of being shamed or canceled has made many perfectly functioning adults retreat into their man-caves and avoid difficult conversations. It’s okay to admit that you don’t know something or to over things. Just ask the question. That’s one way to never stop learning. To paraphrase the author Terry Pratchett, questions do not have to make sense, but answers do.
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Never stop learning and always be a student of life by following the suggestions above or making up your techniques to get into the mindset.