Some of you are probably thinking: I’ve gone through over 10 years of studying already and I’m sick and tired of learning! It’s completely understandable that you might be thinking this way. Nevertheless, it doesn’t matter if you are in your twenties or sixties or nineties - continuous learning is necessary to fuel human beings' basic desire to achieve goals. And not surprisingly, our knowledge and skill sets are never enough to achieve those goals at the onset.
Think of your life journey as a swimming competition that takes place in a long, broad river. When you came into this world, you were automatically enrolled in this competition and placed at a random spot. You can’t choose where you start, but you can certainly decide how much effort you want to put in. And by the way, did we forget to mention that for some of us, the river flows in the opposite direction of where you are going? It’s a continuous upstream swimming battle that you must endure.
The analogy is this: if you stop swimming, you will be pushed backward by the river. You will fall behind and eventually fall out of the race. While everyone swims at a different pace, there is one thing in common – they keep on swimming forward. In case you haven’t figured it out already, this river actually has a name, and it’s called Life.
The world doesn't revolve around you, but that doesn't mean you can't be a star. You are the one responsible to keep learning new things every day to keep up with it. We are not saying that you have to get 5 master degrees. You could be learning things as small as how to better communicate with people. You could read up on new technological advancements, or have a casual chat with someone about their experience living in a different country.
“You learn something every day if you pay attention.” – Ray LeBlond
You might not be the next Bill Gates just because you're pushing to learn all the time, but you will definitely be better off in terms of where you were compared to not keeping your mind open to learning new things at all. This mindset could be the difference between working as a waiter in the same restaurant for 10 years and actually becoming the franchise manager of that same restaurant in that same 10 years.
“Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young.” – Henry Ford