How to Develop a Lifelong Passion for Learning (and the Rewards It Brings)

The learning process should be one that becomes habitual. Education shouldn?t end once you?ve graduated high school, college, or any other institution. By creating a passion for learning you will, in effect, create a lifetime of opportunity; this passion gives you the drive to explore new topics and challenges each with their own risks and rewards.

But developing a passion for learning is difficult.

Once you feel comfortable with your skills and education, you may be inclined to ?settle down? with what you have. The world, however, demands that you keep bettering yourself. You see it in the requirements to move up in the business world. You see it in the requirements to achieve loftier goals. Each passing day in your job search you are bound to find job listings that tack on more and more requirements.

This post will help you change your stance on learning. It will help you develop the habits that make education part of your everyday experience through examples and opportunities.

Breaking Comfort & Meeting Demands

Education pays in more ways than one. By expanding your knowledge and skills you are future-proofing yourself for the coming changes. You will meet necessary requirements of evolving businesses which are becoming increasingly demanding of their hires.

No doubt you will increase your pay, but by developing this passion for education you will transform many other areas of your life that could greatly benefit from new ideas, like:

? Developing a firm understanding of your personal finances through classes and experience, which can greatly aid your ability to save money, achieve larger financial goals (like buying a house), or have the capital to start a business.

? Developing negotiation and people skills can help you network and raise rank within your current job by understanding how to interact with the right people and clearly present your value.

Education will also give you a greater understanding of the world. Working outside of your comfort zone can help you develop a compassion for the activities of others, their struggles, and aspirations; you will no longer identify yourself as an individual specialized in one particular skill but one who has much value to offer in many different fields.

In other words, develop yourself horizontally.

Developing Skills & Challenging Yourself

There are many different ways to approach education and each provides unique experiences.

For example:

?You could continue your education at a local community college, to expand your knowledge of fundamental topics, which could improve your comprehension and technical skills.

?You could refine your knowledge by seeking skill-based internships in industries you find valuable and fascinating; these opportunities will help you will gain on-the-job experience. ?You could explore an online graduate program. GMercyU.edu provides both undergraduate and graduate courses in Business, Education, and Nursing. Further, you can opt for accelerated and even doctoral programs within these disciplines.

It?s also worthwhile to note that you?re in no way limited to choosing just one method of education. In fact, you may find it beneficial to combine a number of these methods to grow your skill set through a variety of challenging platforms, experiences, and environments, thus giving you a solid understanding of the skills, topics, and direction you are going.

Opportunities & Rewards

The value of additional training and education is filled with many opportunities and rewards.

?You may develop skills that allow you to further your career

?You may find a new interest that can create a career shift (which may also include a new lifestyle depending on your location, direction, and interests)

?You may create an inquisitive mindset that expands your understanding of the world (which could start the process of cultural understanding and an attempt to learn new languages that will allow you to work just about anywhere)

An expansion of your skills and education will pay off by allowing you to bring new value to the company you work for, which could set in motion the process of a promotion and/or additional salary. The same is true when you venture off on your own by starting a business or using it as a launching point to explore new topics that interest you (which may become hobbies in time).

What?s stopping you from building a habit and passion for learning?

3 thoughts on “How to Develop a Lifelong Passion for Learning (and the Rewards It Brings)”

  1. Cash Cow Couple

    No doubt that lifetime learners are way better off in life. Being a lifetime learner simply means to read every day. Learn something new every day. Push yourself to consume more information. Other than having more opportunities and more excitement about the complexity of life, it makes one a more interesting person to interact with.

  2. First off, I like to say thanks for writing this article Miranda because I fully agreed with what you had to say. Now I’m stuck on where to start. I am somewhat of a recent graduate?spring 2013…in business with a concentration in Finance and my being unemployed still I believe has something to do with a lack of knowledge and understanding of different skills or even experience. I believe that my degree does have value but at the same time, I’m either not given a chance, I am lacking a skill the company needs, or both. Because of this, I don’t know where I need to start in this journey we call Life.
    BTW, what are some suggested readings you guys recommend?

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