Every day we have the opportunity to add to our knowledge bank. It may not seem like a big deal to learn something new every day, but many people don’t make the effort. They do the same thing every day and don’t go out of their way to learn anything new. In fact, they don’t want to because they are happy with life the way it is, and are afraid that learning new things will cause change. They are right. As long as you continue to learn you will continue to change and develop. You won’t be able to stop yourself.
I have a friend who says, “You learn something old every day.” I love this saying because it’s so true. What we learn every day isn’t actually new per se, but old information that is new to us. Knowledge comes in bits and parts. There is so much to learn that, if everything were dumped on us at once, it would be overwhelming. So learning, like life, is a process. The great news is if we learn a little every day, in a short time we will know a lot.
Learning something new to you every day takes effort. You can’t do what you always do in the same way that you always do it and expect to learn anything new. It won’t happen. You have to put yourself in the path of new information. Try new things, talk to different people and read. Reading is one of the best ways to learn new things every day. I read everything from labels to textbooks. Whatever I can get my hands on. Because I love to read, I put myself in the way of new information, and I can’t help but learn new things. Well, at least new to me.
People often ask me why I teach at the local university. It isn’t anything I have to do. I just love doing it. I love teaching because I learn so much. My students teach me a lot, and so do the textbooks that the school provides me. I have learned that the best way to learn is to teach. I have a solid base of knowledge, but then, by teaching, I keep learning new things. Teaching challenges me to keep on learning.
If you need another reason to learn every day, use this one. Researchers have discovered a link between lifelong learning and health and wellbeing. So learning isn’t just good to do, it is something that is good for you.
What have you learned today?
This week make an effort to learn something new to you every day. Just for fun you could even keep a notebook of all the new things that you learn. In just a year you will know 365 new things.
Daily Success Formula
Learning + Something new to you + Every day = Good for your health
“The day that you stop learning is the day that you start decreasing your rewards and start suffering from frustration and lower levels of satisfaction.” Brian Tracy
“The moment you stop learning, you stop leading.” Rick Warren
“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
“He who dares to teach must never cease to learn.” Richard Henry Dann