“We first make our habits, and then our habits make us.” – John Dryden
If you were to observe someone who is successful, you would note that they maintain habits associated with success. One of the most common habits of successful people is that they are voracious learners.
Investing in self-development from time to time can help you create a life that is full of action and accomplishment. The more often you see yourself as the very best that you can be, the more this becomes your behavior.
When learning becomes a mode of personal enjoyment, it paves the way for professional success. Knowing what you want to achieve in life is crucial to instill good habits.
Here is why you should continuously and persistently cultivate the habit of learning.
In the ever changing dynamics of technology, the pre-requisite for securing a job is to master the skills associated with it. It goes without doubt that one needs to be technically sound in what they do.
The Economist details ways in which our rapidly shifting professional landscape necessitates that workers focus continually on mastering new technologies and skills. According to a CBRE report, 50% of the jobs would be redundant by 2025. Workplace Automation technologies are already making new advancements which will further disrupt the employment sector.
Engaging in personal growth will help you sail through economic and technological disruption. Successful learners are not afraid of pushing the limits and are better equipped to overcome their failures.
Make your learning accountable for a successful career. It will give you the momentum needed to instill a habit of learning in the long haul.
Set specific, measurable, attainable, relevant and time-bound goals to get ahead in life. Build a reputation for being the knowledgeable and hardworking worker.
Psychological research has shown that enriched learning environments can help reduce cognitive decline due to aging as well as help older adults deal with depression and poor self-image. For instance, learning a new language can help you make sound and rational decisions. Language learning provides constant exercise for your brain which in turn delays the onset of dementia and Alzheimer’s.
Learning involves getting organized and diligently being time-bound that help reduces stress. Education helps you adapt to change, purify your mind, and achieve a more satisfying personal life.
People with better learning opportunities tend to have better problem-solving skills and the tools to help themselves. By making well-informed lifestyle decisions, they enhance their health and survival odds.
Learning is like an exercise for the mind which in turn enables you to sleep well. A sound sleep not only refreshes you but also has many health benefits that you can gain from it. According to research by NBER (National Bureau of Economic Research), a year of formal education can add more than six months to a person’s lifespan.
In “Learning Later, Living Greater: The Secret for Making the Most of Your After-50 Years,” Nancy Merz Nordstrom has correctly championed lifelong learning as a proactive lifestyle for overall personal development and a primary factor for brain health!
Excellent Social Life
The greatest benefit of continuous learning is being up to date with the world’s latest developments. By exploring your horizons, you open up to interacting with like-minded individuals.
Learning ignites social engagement – allowing us to interact and connect with others. It teaches us adaptability which is a key to sustainability. Moreover, the habit of learning new things inspire people to have an extensive network of individuals and learn something from each one of them. Moreover, others also would like to connect with someone who has in-depth knowledge about anything. Thus, learning help people connect with each other.
Most scientists believe that there is a relationship between learning and staying socially active with mental well-being. Think about it, the people we look to for inspiration are successful individuals who have an enormous social presence.
Learning is a cornerstone of life. To be happy and have a successful life develop a habit that will enable you to do great things and make you happy and content during the entire journey. That habit is the habit of learning things. Start working on it today by learning nuances of your profession. Gradually, move to other fields in which you may least interested. The idea is to develop a habit in which your mind becomes curious to know something new. It may be little difficult in the beginning. However, the end result will be worth the efforts. So make time for the biggest investment of your life today.
Stefania is a professional writer at Writers Per Hour. She has a penchant for traveling and exploring new places. Connect her on social media to get updates on careers and personal development