If there is one thing that can help you reach your full potential, it’s this: a passion for lifelong learning. This one thing can make the difference between reaching your full potential and just living an average life.
Unfortunately, many people equate education with formal education. They think they only need to learn while they are in academic institutions. As a result, they stop their education after they graduate. But the fact is, self-education is the best investment that you can make on yourself. Benjamin Franklin put it well: If a man empties his purse into his head no one can take it away from him. An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.
It’s not enough just to know that lifelong learning is important, though; you need to have a passion for it. You need to be eager and motivated to learn. Thanks to the Internet, we have virtually unlimited resources for learning. What makes the difference then is your passion. The more passionate you are, the further you will go in your learning journey.
How do you build a passion for lifelong learning? Here is a key:
Realize that there are many treasures out there waiting to be found.
This attitude is essential. If you think that you already know everything you need to know, you won’t have a passion for learning. In fact, you wouldn’t be motivated to learn at all. After all, why should you waste your time and energy for something that you don’t need?
But if you believe the opposite, if you believe that there are treasures out there waiting to be found, you will be eager to learn. You will do your best to find them!
Treasures here are things that can propel your life forward, things that can take your life to the next level. For example, there might be certain skills that allow you to build the business of your dreams. Or certain knowledge that can change your outlook about life. Those are treasures. Your task is to discover as many of them as possible!
Build a passion for lifelong learning. Make it a joy to learn. You will then be on your way to reaching your full potential.