Why being a Lifelong Learner is the best strategy
Being a Lifelong Learner is a good strategy for several reasons. Not only are we constantly in progression as a society, but it has many personal benefits too.
The definition of a Lifelong Learner from Wikipedia is this:
Lifelong learning is 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.
That's pretty much the definition of being multi-passionate/highly creative.
We keep learning, that's what we do. For every new interest and passion, we dive into, more learning is added to our rucksack.
Being a lifelong learner in business
First of all, a business is organic and our customers are forever evolving and learning themselves, plus getting older, and we need to move with this change.
Second of all, there is sooooo much to learn when starting a business. And then if you get past the starting point, running a business is another skill set.
Then if you want to grow your business, that takes more learning.
It's safe to say you have to get your learning cap on if you are crazy enough to start your own business. :-)
The skills you need are things like perseverance, problem-solving and problem finding, believing in yourself, knowing yourself, being able to take on new learning - also things you don't find exciting (in my case bookkeeping).
It takes a lot of life skills to be in the entrepreneur arena.
Being a lifelong learner at work
Have you ever worked with people who thought they knew everything and was keen to tell everyone how things should be done? Like they had all the answers?
I have. And they are usually wrong and poisonous people. The ones who bitch about others.
I have also worked with people who have been in the same position for 20 years but in reality, had repeated the same 2 years experience 10 times over.
Lifelong learning doesn't have to be new learning in many new fields, which is how many multi-passionates live, it can be new learning within the same field.
It's moving with the times and new developments.
A good example of a company that didn't manage this is Kodak. They went out of business in 2012.
But not because we have stopped taking pictures - hello Instagram - but perhaps because they didn't learn and evolve with the times.
Being a lifelong learner as a mother
This is where I think it's most important to be a lifelong learner.
I cannot tell you the impact it has had on my family that I first trained as a Kaizen-Muse Creativity Coach and then did the Living Brave Semester by Brenè Brown. This semester is based on her fantastic books "Daring Greatly" and "Rising Strong".
And Kristen Neff's and Brené Brown workshop on self-compassion is another "family changer"
These online courses, certifications, and workshops have changed mine and my families lives. And so much for the better.
To name just a couple of things, we are now practicing gratitude by doing a gratitude round at the dinner table every night. I also have a box in our bedroom where I write gratitude notes in.
We talk about and practice setting healthy boundaries for ourselves and each other.
We talk about emotions, being brave, perfectionism and we celebrate making mistakes. Which we all make. Hubby and I too.
This is such incredibly valuable teaching and conversations we wouldn't have had, had I not been so keen on learning new things. For sure.
I'm constantly taking new courses
Does it get too much? Yes, it does. But learning new things is such a big part of how my brain works, and why I get up in the morning.
Having hobbies are not only fun, they keep you learning and improving.
And if that wasn't enough, doing something for fun has all kinds of health benefits too. Like lowering stress levels, lowering blood pressure and more.
What course, or workshop, or hobby or some other interesting (to you) learning are you doing?
Or what do you want to do?