How can you be a lifelong learner?
Lifelong learning requires embracing opportunities to learn and it keeps your brain healthy. Visionary innovator Henry Ford often took on jobs not because he knew how to do them but because he didn’t know how to do them. He once said, “Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young.”
Henry Ford was definitely on to something! The key to a healthy and active mind is to have an always learning mindset.
Drive author Dan Pink argues that we all need three things to feel motivated about, and satisfied with, our life: autonomy, mastery, and purpose. Becoming a lifelong learner fulfills all three of these psychological needs.
To be lifelong learners, we need to be open to every and all possibilities.
Although it can be daunting to learn something new, learning helps create new connections in the brain. By learning something new, you can improve how you do other things in your life as well.
Take the initiative to learn new things, even if it is something simple. Try learning about a new social media platform from a student, read a blog about how you can improve your Google Docs experience, or listen to a podcast about a new teaching method to help you in your daily classroom practice. Even these very simple ways of learning something new can help you feel more satisfied in your life.
If this has sparked your interest in being a student again, we invite you to continue learning with us! We have so many more resources to share, practical lesson plans and applications, and relevant and immediately applicable action tasks you can apply right away in your own classroom. And the best part is, we have courses to suit any budget or time frame, and tons of great products and freebies to get you started if you’re not quite ready to jump into a course yet!
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