If you are like me, you probably take it for granted that consciously engaging in lifelong learning is worth it, well, just because. You are intrinsically motivated to learn and therefore don’t need a list of potential benefits. Learning is its own reward.
Fair enough. But I think it is still worth being clear with ourselves about why we engage in lifelong learning. (You know how much I like asking “why?”) Knowing the reasons can help with clarifying our learning goals and planning; it can help keep us focused at those times when maybe learning does not seem like its own reward, when we need discipline; and, finally, it can arm us with some arguments to bring others into the global community of lifelong learners.
So, with those goals in mind, here are five key areas in which I think lifelong learning provides tremendous benefits:
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A quick post to note that this is Adult Learner’s Week in Canada. To help celebrate the occasion, I’m keynoting the Community Learning Network‘s Forever Learning Luncheon. I also thought it would be a good time to offer a free download of the Kindle version of 10 Ways to Be a Better Learner. Just click the link to get to the download page. It will be available until 12PM Pacific time on April 10.
Keep in mind that you don’t actually have to own a Kindle to read the Kindle version of a book: there are a variety of options for using Kindle software.
Here’s that link again: 10 Ways to Be a Better Learner – be sure to share it with other before midnight tomorrow.
What’s the future hold? No matter what the answer to that question, active lifelong learners will be the ones best prepared to handle it.
That’s just one of the perspectives that emerges in a recent interview I did with futurist David Houle on the Learning Revolution podcast. David is the author Entering the Shift Age, a new book that discusses the major trends that are pushing humanity into a whole new era and provides a detailed vision of the future. He also happens to be the son of Cy Houle, one of the pioneering figures in adult lifelong learning, and he shares his father’s conviction that lifelong learning will be the central concept of education going forward.
You can listen to the interview here or subscribe on Tunes , but I also encourage you to check out the show notes and links on the Learning Revolution site.
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Other Great Interviews and Tools
If you are interested in creating podcasts and other Web-based learning experiences, be sure to check out the Learning Revolutionary’s Toolbox section on the Learning Revolution site. Also, here are some other podcast interviews that may be of interest:
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