You’d expect that after going to school for 12+ years you’d be able to get the job you’ve always desired, get married, have kids and buy a beautiful home with a picket fence. You expected wrong my friend. There’s one thing school didn’t teach you that will help you to solve almost any of your problems. Lifelong learning.
Disclaimer: The statements in this article are generalized and may not be the case for you. I admit, it’s also not the complete picture. However, the solution to this problem is a solve-all, if applied it will change the world for the better.
School didn’t teach you how to learn.
Here’s the problem: school taught you some basic necessities, usually by rote memorization, but it didn’t teach you how to learn or think for yourself in a critical and curious manner. That doesn’t mean there are no teachers out there trying to change this. The specific target I’m looking at is the system itself.
The system shoves many things down your throat rather than letting you explore your own interests in a semi-structured yet free flowing way. You are told to stay seated and shut up while the teacher is lecturing you about something the teacher themselves may or may not care about. The teacher must follow a strict curriculum designed by people who have probably never been in front of a classroom.
Because the teacher is assigning a book you probably don’t want to you learn to despise reading. There are exceptions of course. You may have loved reading since you were little, but that’s not the case for most people.
Rather than taking the time to help you understand the fundamental process of deep reading the teacher will assign a whole chapter a week and expect you to write a report about what you learned.
Rather than letting you choose a topic you’re interested in reading about you get trapped having to read something you’re not even interested in. Learning is a personal journey, not something that can be shoved in your face.
It’s not just about reading
It’s also all the other required classes which don’t teach you about life. There are so many important skills to learn other than mathematics and science, although still important, things like communication and negotiation skills. Finance and business. Public speaking and video editing. Psychology and empathy. The list goes on.
Each person is going to have their own interests, but there is no doubt skills like communication, negotiation, finance and business are skills that everyone should be learning in school, but aren’t.
If your parents didn’t teach you about these things and your school didn’t either, then how are you supposed to know these skills unless you have already taken it upon yourself to continuously learn after your schooling years are done?
That’s a problem that can be solved through teaching The 6 Principles of Lifelong Learning. Instilling a lifelong learning mindset in the youth of today will create a brighter future for all of humanity.
Where you are now
If your school or parents never taught you how to learn and solve your own life issues you may be stuck in a life of mediocrity and not even know it. Or you may know it but not know how to escape the rat race.
Think about the career you have right now. How far can you move up in position and pay? Are you happy there? You might be very happy and that’s amazing. Your pay might be great too, and that’s amazing too. That doesn’t mean you should stop developing yourself though. Even if you think you are safe, and you may very well be, you owe it to yourself, family and society to continue to learn and apply your knowledge until the day you die.
It’s not your fault school didn’t teach you the proper tools to continue to learn after you finished university. It’s a shame they took the flame of curiosity from you by forcing complacency down your throat. Well, you don’t have to be complacent anymore.
You can take your torch and light the fire within your mind. Let it burn. Let it shine on the many paths available to you that you wouldn’t have known existed before you took up the baton of lifelong learning. It is a baton you can pass on to the next generation. But if you never pick it up, the next generation won’t have a chance to continue the cycle of lifelong learning.
Where You Want to Be
When you learn how to learn you can study anything you desire. May it be engineering or social entrepreneurship, there is a way for every one of you to learn what you want to learn.
It doesn’t matter what school didn’t teach you now, because you have control over your own life. You can decide what direction you want your life to go in. In fact, you can even change direction no matter how old you are.
You have been focused for decades. It’s tough to change directions. The best way to get started is by learning from multiple sources, experimenting on the direction you want to go, and building your network. If you are persistent and patient, you can achieve your goal.
How does having a Lifelong Learning Mindset help you?
Lifelong learning is the key to your continued success. I’ve developed a strategy called SPAR which focuses on four areas: Study, Plan, Action, Repeat. This cycle is the key to your success. I live by it and so does every other entrepreneur out there.
Now You Know Lifelong Learning is What School Didn’t Teach You
What are you going to do now?
Now that you know lifelong learning is the key to your success?
You know you have the power to choose to continue living a life of complacent mediocrity or a life of lifelong learning. Which will it be?