The pursuit of knowledge through lifelong learning, whether it’s learning to play the guitar, speak a foreign language, or prepare a gourmet meal, has wonderful benefits for everyone. When I want to motivate myself to do something, I try to think of as many benefits as possible.
Always walk through life as if you have something new to learn…and you will. ~Vernon Howard, Author
Below is I list I came up with on the benefits of lifelong learning:
- Keeps your mind active and engaged at any age, which is an important factor in the overall quality of your life. A mind that is active is less inclined to memory loss or to diseases that affect cognition.
- Promotes personal growth. This can prevent that feeling of boredom or stagnation we get when we’ve been locked into the same routine for a long time.
- Offers a way to expand your interests and discover new things that inspire you, which can help you find more meaning in your life.
- Can connect you with people who share your interests and passions.
- Improves memory and cognition. The more you use your mind, the more capacity you have to learn.
- Increases self-confidence. Having skills and knowledge can be empowering.
- Generates a feeling of accomplishment. Learning a new skill is both fulfilling and rewarding.
- Can increase your income or expand your career options, whether you update your skills or build on skills that you already have. With more options, you’ll feel more in charge of your life, which will promote a positive outlook of the future.
- Offers comfort during difficult times. Sometimes it just takes a little education to get through a challenging situation or adapt to a changing environment. Education provides you with more resources for help.
- Helps you become a more interesting person. The more you know, the better conversationalist you’ll be.
The only real skill that matters in the world is the ability to learn what you need to know on a regular basis. ~John Naisbitt, Author
Can you add more benefits for lifelong learning? I’m interested in any thoughts or comments that you have.