There is much to learn about learning and unfortunately, it's one of those topics that we barely touch growing up.
Through school and college, our learning path has been dictated for us. Meaning, the curriculum, and resources are being chosen and prepared for us. We have very little say in choosing what we learn and how we learn it.
Usually, our "say" ends at our choice of high school specialization or college major. After that, we're being handed everything. We're being fed. The university has already decided which materials we learn from, which topics are important, and the order in which we're going to learn everything. The same goes for projects and exams.
It's generally good to accept advice from professionals regarding how to get to their level, however, In life things work a bit differently. Suddenly, to keep up with changes and improve ourselves, we have to decide which new subjects we need to learn. Once decided we need to figure out how to learn it, where to start.
We need to search for materials, sort them, decide which of them is of high quality, and then build a study schedule. Then other questions arise:
- How do we fit learning in our life (job, children, partner, etc)?
- How do we motivate ourselves to learn?
- What happens when we have questions? Who do we ask?
- Should we waste our time learning this topic?
- How do I implement what I learned?
There are usually no teachers or mentors around us to help us learn after we get out of college. We're on our own. And apparently, we haven't practiced managing our studies until then at all. We're unprepared.
Being able to learn is an important skill. It keeps us relevant, it keeps us engaged and curious, ever-evolving. It helps us achieve more and fulfill ourselves. New knowledge might help us reach new career opportunities, Â better educate our children, better communicate with our partners.
Learning something new even helps us maintain humility. Prevent us from thinking we know everything. Help us understand that in some areas we're still new and we've so much to learn.