We live in a fast-paced world where everything moves at considerable speed and change can happen in an instant. The COVID-19 pandemic has made this even more evident – one minute we were ushering in the new year, full of hopeful plans for the decade; the next minute we’re grounded, locked down and having to figure out new ways of going about our lives. The upside of change, however, is that it ushers in new opportunities, new technology, new ways of work, etc. Humanity thrives through evolution, and the only way to not just survive but stay ahead of the pack is continuous learning.
Asides being a means of survival, it’s been proven that learning new things actually makes you happier. Your mind, like most other muscles in your body, thrives on exercise, and learning new skills improves your brain function. In fact, studies have shown that continuous learners are less likely to develop dementia.
Another benefit of being a lifelong learner is that you become a more interesting person. Being well-rounded makes it easier to relate with others and improves interpersonal relationships. You become really great at small talk and general conversation and before you know it, everyone’s inviting you to their lunch and dinner parties.