“Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do.” — Pele
Lifelong learning is the foundational principle of believing there is always room to learn something new and improve in things you love. When we start thinking we have nothing else to learn, we begin to plateau and eventually will feel stuck.
What you pursue is up to you! I love music, writing, design, entrepreneurship, connecting, ideas, psychology, and health and wellness to name a few dozen.
High performers know there is always the next level —
Someone who can teach you more and something new.
Something you can practice to hone your skills.
Even something you can create and experiment with to expand what you think, and what the world thinks is possible!
Mastery isn’t an end state; Mastery is a mindset. A mindset that begins with becoming a lifelong learner.
Now, there are two polar extremes that are easy to fall into, (believe me, I’ve been there) which GO AGAINST the learning principle:
1. “I am not enough” “I will never be enough”
2. “Lifelong learning is too long, too hard and too overwhelming. I need results ASAP!:
1. False Belief: “I Am Not Enough”
This is a limiting belief that is holding you back. Perhaps a family member or teacher told you this (or implied it). They don’t know anything. They don’t know you. They don’t know what you are capable of. The person that creates your self-worth is YOU. I’m here to tell you, YOU ARE ENOUGH. If you get one thing from this post it’s that. You are enough. Learning isn’t about fulfilling a hole in your life of not being enough. Learning is the mutual belief that you are enough WHILE knowing, with a little bit of elbow grease, you can be more, do more and have a more impactful life.
In other words, learning is one of the keys to unlocking a meaningful life.
The more you know, the more capable you become, the more people will desire your help.
2. False Belief: “Lifelong learning is too long, too hard and too overwhelming. I need results ASAP!”
Pursuing a life of learning doesn’t mean it’s going to take you a lifetime to reach greatness in what you do. You will immediately start seeing results from learning and challenging yourself. Even a single day of learning means you know and are more capable than you were yesterday! Learning compounds by how much you practice and who you surround yourself with. The longer you stick with it the more you will accomplish.
So what does lifelong learning look like in practice?
Lifelong learning in practice
Read A Little Every Day.
Create a habit of consuming quality input of work from the wisdom of our ages. When I want to learn something new, the first thing I do is go to Amazon and see if there are any good books on the subject.
Try adding books that feel outside of your abilities too. Expand your mental muscles a little each day!
Find People/Mentors Who Can Push Your Mind and Fill You with Insights
I used to falsely think it was better to learn without imitating others. I would deliberately not read books or learn songs on guitar because I DIDN’T WANT THEIR WORK TO CHANGE MY VOICE.
I D I O T.
Everything we do since birth is infused with imitation! The greatest ideas are ones that come from other’s ideas and create connections in a unique way.
Share What You Learn
Find friends who love what you love.
Teach what you know.
Create your own community around the skills you are learning to master.
Lifelong learning is your first principle to mastering your life.
Q: What are you going to learn?
Stay BOLD, Keep Pursuing,
— Josh Waggoner
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“Develop a passion for learning. If you do, you will never cease to grow.” — Anthony J. D’Angelo
“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” — Mahatma Gandhi
“Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning.” — Albert Einstein