The Importance of Continuous Learning

Learning is the process of improvement. The more we learn and educate ourselves the more tolerant we become and the happier and more stress free life becomes for us. Through the process of learning we can gradually take a step back in order to prioritise the things that truly matter.

Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people – Eleanor Rosevelt.

The most invaluable experience we can acquire is through ‘trial and error’ but the key to trial and error is to make new mistakes. Failure is good when we learn from it, but too many mistakes can prove to be fatal and this is where the fear comes from. The best way to negate this problem is to make a conscious attempt to not repeat the mistakes made by other people in the past. History can have an awful habit of repeating itself when we are not careful. Nations will forever rise and fall with stoic and epicurean minds.

A smart man makes a mistake, learns from it, and never makes that mistake again. But a wise man finds a smart man and learns from him how to avoid the mistake altogether. Roy H Williams.

I look at reading as the manual to life, it should be common sense but, regrettably, that doesn't seem to be the case. If I buy a table from IKEA, I have two choices; I can dive straight into assembling it or I can first read the manual and consult it from time to time throughout the process. If we don’t read the manual then we will leave a lot of things up to chance and 'dumb luck', and we will make a lot of unnecessary errors. We will hope that the table will look like how we intended and not unnervingly believe that it will. If we read the manual, and we are sufficiently talented, then the table will look the way we intend it to look. In a world where we are constantly looking for complexities, things can be made simple if we park our egos at the door and want them to be simple.