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The importance of life-long learning

Whitney Coy is a freelance writer and editor based in Columbus, OH, where she lives with her husband and two daughters. She writes frequently for SheKnows, as well as several other websites. She writes on topics including parenting, trav...

Learning doesn't stop with school

You’ve heard the phrase about learning everything you need to know in kindergarten, right? Well, that couldn’t be more wrong! You have the opportunity to learn every day of your life and you should take every opportunity to do so. Lifelong learning is always important.
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You don’t have to spend your life in a classroom to be a lifelong learner. There’s nothing wrong with taking a class, but there’s a lot to be learned from the world around you. Read a book, read the paper, browse the web for interesting articles. You can learn a lot from having a conversation with a friend (or a stranger), or even watching something on TV. It doesn’t matter how you choose to learn, just that you do. Here’s why:

For good conversation

Who would you rather have a conversation with: Someone who is well-read and keeps up with the latest happenings, or someone who hasn’t learned anything new in the last decade? If you guessed the former, you’re with the majority. Lifelong learners are much better at holding their own in conversations and usually have much more interesting things to say.

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The world keeps changing

Despite what you’ve heard, old dogs can learn new tricks. Our world is fluid and things never stay the same. It’s important to continue learning so you can keep up. If you don’t, the world will pass you by.

To develop your abilities

We’re all born with natural talents and abilities, but that doesn’t mean we’re masters of those talents the first time we try. Lifelong learners are always honing their skills and learning new ones.

To open your mind

The more you learn, the more sides you’ll see of the same issue. Reading, watching intelligent television and holding conversations with others will educate you about other points of view. It may or may not change your mind, but it’ll help you to understand that there is more than one side to every issue.

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To cultivate a hunger for learning

Once you begin a quest toward lifelong learning, you probably won’t stop. The more you know, the more you’ll want to know.

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Check with your city or town for free or low-cost classes available to residents.

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