Lifelong learning is the lifeblood of your personal development.
Lifelong learning is the continuous, self-driven learning and education, after our formal education years have finished. It is an individual driven process to gain more knowledge – a conscious pursuit, voluntary, and self-initiated.
One of the 3 basic psychological needs in Self Determination Theory (SDT) is the human need for Competence – the need to control outcomes and experience mastery. We all like to have that feeling of being good at something, of being capable, of achieving something we set out to do.
Furthermore, SDT states that we all have an inherent tendency for personal development and growth, and that the need for competency (and achieving it) is one factor in fostering our personal well-being.
Competence is the ability to do something well, by having the necessary knowledge, skill, or judgement to do the task set out. And to obtain this competence requires learning, and more learning.
We live in a fast changing world where we need to continually adapt and learn, just to keep up with the pace of change. Our careers & income often depend on it.
How to go about Lifelong learning?
- Accept responsibility for your own learning
- Identify what to learn and when
- Learn how to learn – there are stages!
- Adopt a growth mindset
- Find a system that suits you
- Apply yourself – be a person of action (more here)
Given that we all have limited time available to us (24 hours a day max!), and a good portion of that is sleeping (+- 1/3rd ), personal productivity is very important element to our day. The Personal Productivity channel covers more on this.