The I Learn PracticeAuthor: Byron Pulsifer, © 2012
There is much about life that demands adaptation, understanding and reaction. Some of these things are more important than others but the practice of learning on a continuous basis, in my view, has to be one of the most important.
Past Accomplishments Fade
It is not a matter that we should be satisfied with what we have learned in the past. Take, for example, one's formal education. The world today moves very rapidly with the amount of new knowledge and practices that are changing as each day moves on. If you believe that your education completed many years ago will suffice, you are one of the few thousands that think so. The fact of the matter is this: to believe that old educational qualifications will take you to the end of your career is the same as thinking that the same clothes will be worn for the rest of your life.
Understanding Does Not Stand Still
The same applies to your understanding of your life experiences thinking that what you understood at the age of twenty-one, for example, will be the same understanding you have of life experiences as you near the end of your time.
Each one of us assimilates information differently but whether you believe it or not, you do intertwine information into your own thinking, beliefs, attitudes and behavior. The real question here is how you go about the process of learning.
Building For The Future
For some, learning on a continuous basis is a little more structured and it is this structure that allows one to keep building useful knowledge is a much more systematic way. The process in a more formal educational way is to involve one in continuous reading in your specialty area, or to attend seminars, or to take part-time advanced courses.
In the realm of personal growth, there is also the continuous learning that occurs in your own control of your own destiny. Some people continue on in the same old ways that they always have and start to wonder why they never seem to be happy or fulfilled. There is a quiet deterioration of the spirit, the excitement that once played upon their mind as they rose each morning. Now, all that is stems from a routine of doing the same old thing every day and every weekend. In these cases, there is no development, no control, no new understanding, or no new action that can lead one out of routine.
You Are A Model For Life
Continuous learning is a necessary part of self-growth both on a personal and professional level. If you are a parent, this continuous learning is part and parcel of learning what it is you must do to help your children develop to their fullest potential. If you do not grow as a person how do you expect to be the model that they one day will emulate?
You Are In Total Control
Start today - it is never too late. Your desire to keep advancing through life by initiating a program of self-learning is one that fills your own desire and does not jump to the rhythm of another drummer. Your control over your life is also reflected in understanding clearly that there is no one else who is ultimately responsible for your career, for your personal growth, or for your future. You are the owner of your own band with all of its instruments finely tuned and playing in the same key and playing the same tune.
Inspirational Quotes for Reflection:
"Each moment of your life is a brush stroke in the painting of your growing career." Wilfred A. Peterson, The Art Of Living
"You're unique. And you have an inner voice that tells what you want and need. To choose for yourself means to listen to and respect this voice so that you can say, I do this because I want to, not because others want me to." Amy E. Dean
"Knowledge from books will make you more confident to talk about practically anything!" Sarah Brooks
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