Understanding the Importance of Lifelong Learning

“I am learning all the time.  The tombstone will be my diploma.”  -Eartha Kitt


Learning to live, to socialize and to behave is all part of the process of lifelong learning. Having skills to expand your mind and strive for lifelong learning is critical to achieving what you want out of life. Commitment to learning is what will get you ahead in every aspect of your life.

The highest achievers read an average of 2-3 hours per day. They belong to organisations that encourage learning and they share ideas among each other. Learning new insights is an effective way of getting the results that you desire.


Are you learning every day?


  1. Economic

To thrive economically, you simply have to keep learning.


  1. Intellectual

Lifelong learning opens up and enhances your mind. At the same time, lifelong learning is an approach to living life consciously and deliberately, rather than being guided purely by instinct, emotion, and the desires of others.


  1. Cognitive

The process of lifelong learning helps to keep your brain working well, and as we continue to live longer and longer, this is a benefit that is hard to ignore.


  1. Social

Learning sparks social engagement – we often connect with others because we want to learn from them and with them – and it is also an outcome of social engagement, often without our even realizing it. Your learning efforts, in other words, support the greater good.


  1. Spiritual

It is part of who you are. It helps give your life meaning. It is its own reward.


Significance of learning in life


Firstly, learning is essential to all organisms and without learning, a living soul is of no use.

Learning helps us understand basic necessities of life, and gives us a way of acquiring and mastering them. Similarly, a person cannot be spoon fed throughout his life. As he grows, he needs to learn how food is eaten and then find ways to earn his food.

Learning helps to adapt to a new environment. This can also be demonstrated with the spread of human beings to arctic regions and the deserts where the people have adapted their lifestyles to match their environment. Not just extremes of temperatures or conditions, we have to adapt ourselves every day to new people, places, jobs and relationships.

Learning helps respond to dangers and react. If you ever see a child stuck in the middle of a road, you will find that it sits still when the road is empty, but starts crying as soon as the traffic approaches. However, the reaction of an adult, in a similar situation, is to run and save himself/herself. This is because the grown up has learned to avert danger by action, whereas the baby has only learned to cry and attract attention, so that someone saves it, eventually averting danger

Greater learning can provide you with deeper knowledge of a subject, which cannot be imparted from education alone. We must remember that some of the most prominent personalities in history were not educated, but learned and well versed in their own trade, just by the virtue of learning and not education.

Learning is never complete unless we have both experience and education. A lack of either can impair the use of other. For we learn rights and duties of a citizen through education in schools, but good morals come from the family and good behaviour from company through experience. Unless we have all of these, we cannot become better individuals.


Source: lifestyle.iloveindia.com