No matter how advanced our species becomes, there will always be something more to learn, discover, and improve upon. You don’t have to be an entrepreneur or business leader to stay on top of new developments within your field. The pursuit of knowledge must continue if you want to grow as a human being. But, you don’t need to go back to school or get an MBA to do just that. There are plenty of ways to learn about what matters to you without spending any money at all!
Today’s digital age has made it easier than ever to learn almost anything, anytime and anywhere. If you want to improve your knowledge in certain areas of life, you don’t need to wait for the weekend or vacation anymore. You can learn new things at any time!
To live to our fullest, we must do our best to seek out more ideas. But, there are so many different avenues to travel down intellectually. What school of thought should I listen to most? With all these different roads to be taken, it becomes difficult for the mind to independently choose for itself which road is the most promising for us.
It’s so easy to access an infinite number of resources via the internet that it’s tempting to take a too much information approach when it comes to learning. A little knowledge is great; lots of knowledge can be overwhelming. With so many great resources you can use to feed your inner knowledge beast, you must choose a focus, while also venturing into related fields every so often. After all, information overload isn’t helpful at all, so be sure to only take in what you can process.
Perhaps the best way to absorb new knowledge is to read every day. Reading should be an important part of everyone’s personal development. Not only is it an incredibly effective way to learn from other’s mistakes and see different perspectives, but it can become the best kind of self-education. To help you get the most out of reading, you should keep a reading journal, also known as a commonplace book. Whenever you come across a word you don’t know, a phrase that catches your attention, or an idea that sticks with you, write it down.
Also, while it’s good to find favorite genres you prefer to read, it’s also good to occasionally read books on a variety of other topics, as well. Whether it’s about business, science, or personal development, you’d be amazed how many ideas you can pick up from reading books from fields you wouldn’t ordinarily think about. Then, even if you can’t get through a book, if you’ve been effectively using your commonplace book, you’re still getting value out of those books.
However, if you’re more of an audio-book listener, YouTube binger, or TikTok scroller, a commonplace book is just as useful. Whenever something catches your attention from any content you’re consuming, make a note of it. If you’re an avid film watcher, whether it be series or movies, the same is also true. Take note of any detail, whether it’s cinematography, plot elements, or something that seems inconsistent. By recognizing and giving permanence to your thoughts, you allow yourself to pursue ideas that you may have otherwise not even realized existed.
You really can learn something new every day. Make an effort to learn something new at least once a day. Plan learning time for each day and create a routine around it. You should make learning as much a priority as any other part of your life. It’s important to carve out time every day, even if it’s just a few minutes, to devote to learning. Even if that means cutting out less-important things from your schedule, it will be worth it in the long run. No matter what stage you’re at in your life, investing in lifelong learning is the best choice anyone can make.