Six personal learning points about learning
'I know I will never know. At least that I know'
'Je sais' - Jean Gabin
While we were drinking a beer together, some time ago, a good friend told me that he perceived me as someone who never tires of learning. After some thought, I have to admit he had a point. When I started to review the dipolmas I obtained in different disciplines over the years, looked at all the books in my personal library - those I have read, and those I still want to read - when I reflected upon what I am learning now and, finally, everything that is still on my 'bucket list' of things to do, my friend was right.
Learning seems to be an essential part of my DNA. In this view, I would like to share six facts - that you probably know - but that won't hurt to be reminded of.
- 1.Never stop learning. In order to stay updated and/or at least to be able to participate in the business world and the world of social contacts, keep learning. We know that everything is changing. Do you know what and how? Do you adpat? What is important to you?
- 2.Learn from people who have done it, people with relevant experience. It's interesting to hear from other people who 'went through pain before the gain', people who share their successes, but who don't forget to explain the mistakes they made to achieve their goals. This does not necessarily mean that you will not experience pain or failure; you will simply buy some time and avoid some obvious obstacles.
'Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever' Mahatma Ghandi.
- 3.You are never too old to learn. Your brain is like a muscle. It needs training to keep functioning. With age, it won't become easier, but you will learn differently, with new perspectives and insights.
- 4.You can learn from anybody. The more you learn from different people, the more open-minded you will become and the broader will be your perspective. You may also find solutions to certain issues that come from a different point of view or even from a different culture.
- 5.Practice is the best teacher. Enjoy what you learn, apply it, talk about it.
- 6.If you share your knowledge, the benefit will be twofold. Through teaching, you will have a better understanding and you will get meaningful feedback.
So... I keep on learning; it makes me feel good and helps me to achieve different personal goals.
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Written by Frank Vande Voorde