When it comes to learning, Mahatma Gandhi put it best:
“Live as if you’ll die tomorrow, learn as if you were to live forever.”
In other words, cultivate a sense of urgency to pursue your desires and dreams now.
But—and this is important—don’t let that stop you from investing in your long-term growth.
When we’re young, we’re constantly learning.
Somewhere along the line, though, that growth starts to wane.
We finish school, and there’s no longer someone handing us assignments to learn stuff.
We figure out who we are.
We master (or at least become somewhat passable at) the basics of adulthood.
We settle into a career.
By the time we hit our thirties, the pace of learning has dropped off a cliff.
By middle age, it has slowed to a crawl.
That feels peaceful, in a way.
We don’t have the constant stress of not knowing what to do or how to handle things.
But it’s also boring as hell, not to mention a waste.
We only get one life to explore this world and make the most of ourselves.
As Albert Einstein once said, “Once you stop learning, you start dying.”
Metaphorical death aside, the benefits of being a lifelong learner are vast.
It feels good, helps you discover your talents, expands your world, and is a great social activity.
Plus, it keeps you healthy and creates value for you and others.
So, tap into the power of becoming a lifelong learner.
After all, learning is by nature a meaningful experience.
And it’s one you can tap into right now to enrich your life.
About Bridget Hilton
Bridget Hilton creates tools to help teams and leaders connect in the workplace through rich experiences and shared goals. Her keynote helps Fortune 500 companies navigate topics of mental health and wellness, burnout, employee belonging and connection, inspiration, motivation, and goal setting. Her book Experiential Billionaire and card deck Treasure Maps is out now. She is located in Los Angeles, CA and is booking keynotes and workshops worldwide now.