If you have ever completed Marcus Buckingham’s Strengthsfinder assessment, you will know that Learner is one of the identifiable qualities – and it is my number one!
Well spotted, Marcus.
How I love to learn! I always feel hungry to gain more knowledge so that I can grow myself and expand my world.
In all my life planning meetings, as clients and I discuss what comprises a life of balance, learning always features as a significant ingredient. Why? Exploring ways to learn is always interesting and essential to a complete life.
“I don’t want to go back to studying and writing exams,” is often the response that I hear when I encourage further learning. Or, “I can’t take off time to go attend a course or follow a programme.”
Fresh ways to learn
I realise, of course, that going to university may not be a focus, but don’t despair. There are fabulous (and convenient) new ways to continue to acquire a whole new set of skills or fresh knowledge. Learning is such a rewarding experience that finding ways to make it suit you is worth the effort.
Consider Mahatma Gandhi’s words:
Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever!
I have found that I can access a wide spectrum of learning opportunities from in front of my computer screen!
I have included a number of great and diverse ideas for online (and more traditional!) ways of learning in the rest of this article and newsletter. Please do take me up on one of my recommendations … and let me know how it goes. Or recommend some courses of your own!
- Consider watching a TED Talk, short addresses from experts in their field on a wide range of topics – there is sure to be something that tickles your fancy!
- Explore available online courses
- Subscribe to reputable blogs or newsletters that are relevant to you.
Of course, my favourite way of learning still comes from reading books.
Over the December holidays, I read the most recent writing of one of my favourite authors, Brene Brown: Rising Strong.
In this book, Brene explains how to rise after the life’s buffeting blows of disappointment, failure and making huge mistakes. According to Brene, only those brave enough allow themselves to fall.
Join me on this exciting journey of discovering a new world … every day!