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How to Become a Lifelong Learner

How to Become a Lifelong Learner

How to Become a Lifelong Learner

We humans are always learning. Ever since our brains develop enough, every single experience teaches us something new. Today, in this complicated world where everything is changing all the time, learning from your own life experiences might become a little redundant.

To become lifelong learners, you don’t have to be a genius. You simply must be open to learn and grow and be willing to be proactive about your growth.

A simple shift in just living your life, to treating it like a business venture whereas you are seeking to extract maximum value from the efforts, will make all the difference in the world.

“Shift from just living your life, to treating it like a venture you expect to extract maximum value from.”

Seek a Return on Your Investment

When most people pay to go to school or attend college or even read a book, they must pay a certain price to attain that information. When they do so, they are not buying information. They are making an investment.

This distinction is very crucial because it determines the mindset which people have towards learning. When you are making an investment by taking information from a source, you must always seek to get a return on that investment.

This can be done by seeking to apply the information that you have gotten in real life situations that arise every single day. If you continue to do that, eventually you will be getting a return on the investment of your life.

Just like Reginald Ryder says in the Rant and Grow podcast: “One of the first things I would say is that you must understand that you’re not a consumer of your education, you’re actually a client of your education”

Turn Information into Long Term Knowledge

When you read something just for the sake of reading it or if you complete your homework just for the sake of completing it, you are missing out on a good opportunity.

When information enters your memory, in the short term the information can be potentially useful to you. If you do not convert the information into knowledge that you can use in the future, it is an opportunity for learning you may have lost for life.

Hence, the goal of knowledge and the goal of becoming a lifelong learner should start with cultivating the habit of converting everything important from short term information to long term knowledge.

“When we take information and commit to converting it into knowledge, we shift it from short term useful data, into long term valuable wisdom.”

Have a Daily Routine

For students who want to become lifelong learners, it is very important to stay in a routine. Putting your body and mind through a certain kind of discipline is important to focus on the truly important things out there.

It is not about making things uncomfortable for yourself. That would be detrimental to progress. Rather, it is about making it a habit to stay in the best form of your life, throughout your life. This can only be done once you make it a habit to stay disciplined and keep yourself in the routine that makes you most efficient and productive.

“Mastering your calendar and time, allows you to develop routines that enable you to retain more knowledge and improve your learning.”

These are some of the things that you can do to become a lifelong learner according to Reginald Ryder who was my guest on the Rant and Grow podcast.

When you can put yourself in a routine that makes you most effective and efficient, you can convert the information you take in the short term and commit it to long term knowledge.

This helps you get a sizable return on the investment that you are making in your ongoing education and puts you on the right track to become a lifelong learner.

Listening to this week’s Rant and Grow podcast with Reginal Ryder, will open your eyes on how to shift from gather information for the moment, to gaining knowledge for life.

Reginald Ryder is a career higher education professional, a college professor, and an author. In June 2020, Ryder wrote the book called Passing the Baton, A Guide and Memoir of College Success. He works with students as they transition from high school to 2-year and 4-year colleges and universities.

In this episode we explore how to become a learner for life and why it’s important to keep growing. Just click on the play button to listen to the podcast right here.

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How to Let Purpose and Passion Find You

How to Let Purpose and Passion Find You

How to Let Purpose and Passion Find You

A lot of people get confused with the concepts of living your passion versus your purpose. There are those who substitute their purpose for their passion and over time, this misconception messes with their lives and their careers.

We all want to live passionately and with purpose, but it is not something we pursue, it is something that finds us instead.

This is very well illustrated in the recent episode of the Rant and Grow podcast with Lauren Krasnodembski.

Most people get through their lives doing the usual: focusing on work, on work-life balance, having kids, taking care of them, paying the bills, running the family, making a home, building wealth, planning for retirement, etc.

While doing that, many often feel a sense of unfulfillment and exhaustion from their life, like something could or should have been better. 

After some time, that realization becomes uncomfortable to live with and at some point, people start questioning what their passion is and what it is that they want to be doing with the rest of their lives.

Develop Self-Awareness

There are so many people who are not aware of their purpose in life and don’t really know what they want to do. This is mostly because they are not aware of the kind of people, they themselves are. 

Knowing yourself is the first thing that can bring you a lot closer to your passions and eventually, your purpose in life.

“I discovered that I didn’t know myself as well as I thought I knew myself…” says Lauren on her episode of the Rant & Grow podcast. Being self-aware and really diving into what feels good to you at any given moment is the key to finding what your passion is.

Self-awareness is the key to becoming the best version of yourself. It is how you discover what you are made of and for.

Become an Observer

To activate truly knowing yourself, you must become an observer of who you are. You must reflect upon your life and figure out what gets you anxious, what makes you happy, what makes you want to jump out of your skin and what calms you at night.

By noticing everything that you do and everything that makes you feel differently, you can come closer to what truly makes you fulfilled in life daily. This is important because if your passions only make you happy some of the time, they are not really your passions.

Start with the basics and turn inward. In this inward self-discovery process, you start to observe who you are, and what makes you tick. One of the best ways to do this, is to people watch yourself. Journal your behaviours, as if you were investigating someone else’s life. Be a student of your own life.

Remove the Roadblocks

There are a lot of roadblocks inside most people’s minds that stop them from achieving their true state of happiness in life. For most people, it is the fear of judgement from the community that they are a part of.

What stops them from following their passions is a simple fear that other people might not approve of their choices, wants or desires. That’s completely natural. However, to really be happy and discover what you want to do in terms of your passions, you must free yourself of all roadblocks like these.

When you have a job, you may be fulfilling your purpose without knowing it. Despite your full-time job, if you make time for things that you really enjoy during the day, you can truly be happy. 

Also, if your job enables you to pursue the things that really give you a sense of fulfilment, then it becomes strategic in fulfilling your purpose. The job itself does not need to align with your passions or purpose. It can be a means to enabling you.

“When you’re passionate about something, you are vibrationally operating at a higher level than if you were doing something you don’t really care about or that you think you should be doing, or you’re trying to please somebody else.”

This is how you can let purpose and passion find you. Become a student of what makes you vibrate at a higher frequency and in that self-awareness, replicate what you learn proactively. Think of it as step into what already vibrates well for you and repeating it.

Listening to this week’s Rant and Grow podcast with Lauren Krasnodembski. It will make you want to look within yourself and find out what makes you happy and leave you feeling calm and satisfied.

In my recent Rant & Grow podcast, I have Lauren Krasnodembski as a guest. Lauren is the creator of the Mind Muscle Motivator, and the author of Reclaim Your Power, which is a personal memoir that takes you through a self-discovery journey demonstrating how you can allow your passion to discover YOU!

In this episode we explore why you should not pursue purpose or passion, and instead let both find you. Just click on the play button to listen to the podcast right here.

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