3 Signs You're a lifelong Learner.
1. You never quit following your curiosity.
“The more you know, the more you want to know… the more you know, the more connections you can make between the different bits of knowledge that you have in your head and therefore the more ideas you have, which is why curiosity is really the wellspring of creativity.” Ian Leslie.
You don’t let fear and ignorance intimidate you as you work on making your curiosity too strong to settle for their commands of stepping back and quitting.
When something piques your curiosity you don’t cushion it down thinking that it’s too dangerous a road to take, instead you follow through it until you cease your thirst for it then drink some more.
2. You’re always a beginner, intermediate and advanced.
…at different disciplines.
I recently started learning driving to get my driving licence and the instructor’s first question took me by surprise: “do you have any initial ability around driving?”
I answered with no, the same no we answer when someone asks us if we can read before the first grade ….and it felt good.
It reminded me of how 6 years ago I barely knew how to speak English and I now have a growing well-sustained blog and am working on my first book… all in English.
It reminded me of all the first steps I took years ago in different disciplines that turned into central activities in my current life.
It also gave me a boost to not loose my belief in how practising and sticking with it will get me to become a confident driver as I am now a confident writer.
If you’re advanced in photography, start a new class in calligraphy or stitching.
Let the advanced you remind the beginner you to not be intimated by the ignorance at the first steps.
Because it is hard to believe as a beginner that knowledge and practice will actually get you to become as good at that discipline as your role model in the field.
Let the intermediate you remind the beginner you that the best point to start learning and pushing harder is the point where things start to look hard and messy.
Because most beginners quit after the passion and the easy parts start to fade.
Let the beginner you remind the advanced and intermediate you of the passion and curiosity that drove you to get started in the first place. We often lose that spark and that passion when the discipline becomes a part of our routine.
3. You know learning techniques like the back of your hand.
- You start with Discipline and showing up on a regular basis.
- You learning from several resources (videos, texts, books, movies, interviews with specialists)
- that you use along with Discipline in taking notes effectively — because you’ve learned how.
- You’ve also mastered the art of focusing and cutting off distractions.
- Then you keep on Repe-pe-pe-pe-ting, rehearsing & revising;
- Soon enough you start putting your knowledge to practice with little projects and scoring tiny achievements.
- Once you feel confident enough you start Teaching and spreading your knowledge and skill because obviously teaching is the best learning method that stands both as a proof of your assimilation and also as a great way to see things from a different perspective.
Congrats YOU ARE A CERTIFIED LIFE LONG LEARNER.
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