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The Truth About Lifelong Learning

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We increasingly understand that in order to stay relevant, we must be willing to learn and evolve (in every sense of the word), engaging in the business environment with purpose and authenticity.

Our professional success depends on this, as does our ability to create value for our customers, employees, bosses and the market as a whole. So it’s not an exaggeration to say that if we’re not willing to learn and grow throughout our lives, we’re bound to fail.

Learning brings us new knowledge, obviously, but it can be so much more than that. Learning can help us break patterns (or ditch old habits).

The more we learn, the more we put into practice and the more confident we become.

What’s more: learning is good for our health. While simply acquiring new knowledge won’t cure diseases like Alzheimer’s, for example, there are studies that show learning can delay the progression of diseases that affect our neural networks.

According to John Coleman, author of the book “Passion & Purpose: Stories from the Best and Brightest Young Business Leaders,” “Lifelong learning is good for your health, your wallet and your social life. Even the habit of reading for a short period every day can reduce stress levels.”

Even so, despite all the favorable evidence for lifelong learning, many of us struggle to incorporate habits that facilitate learning into our daily lives.

Now why would anyone consciously choose not to learn something new?

We know that’s not exactly how things work, but the fact is that learning (really learning) is hard work, requires a high degree of intellectual effort, and takes time. And of course we’re all tired on multiple levels, exhausted by the amount of information we consume every day, under pressure to produce ever more results in everything we do.

This isn’t an easy equation to solve, but I’m certain we can create “easier” (or more fluid) ways of learning. The concept of “visual learning” offers a particularly promising path to find answers.

If you’d like to know more about lifelong (and visual) learning, I’d be happy to connect with you. Just click here to send us a message.

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