Have you ever heard the phrase, “If you’re not living, you’re dying”? Perhaps it might also be said, “If you’re not learning, you’re getting dumber.” There are terrific benefits to being a continuous learner in life. In an article for Inc., A.J. Agrawal highlights four of them:
- You’ll become happier.
- You’ll become irreplaceable to your team.
- You’ll stay humble.
- You’ll become a great coach.
Learn Now, Learn Later
Learning inherently comes with a learning curve. But every time you get over that hump, a feeling of deep satisfaction results. According to Agrawal, studies have found that taking on ambitious goals makes people feel happier. Perhaps it is because you know you have put a worthwhile investment into creating a better you.
That better you will in turn become in higher demand at the office. The broader and deeper the skill set, the more you stand out, and the more people you become capable of helping. People like these are never hurting for work, connections, or further development opportunities. Likewise, when you treat every new experience as an opportunity to learn, it will help you stay humble. Practicing a Socratic curiosity will allow you to speak respectfully to people at all business levels, all while enabling you to “suck out” as much information from them as possible.
Lastly, absorbing a wealth of knowledge will inevitably make you into a viable coach:
The only way to mastery is through teaching. One of the best feelings in the world is teaching others what you’ve learned. Not only will it affect the person you’re teaching, but also they in turn will teach others.
As a leader of your organization, you need to make learning a part of your culture. A way to start this is by teaching others what you’ve learned over time. You want to become such a great teacher that your company can run itself without you there. When you’ve achieved that, you’ve truly accomplished the state of mastery.
You can view the original article here: https://www.inc.com/aj-agrawal/4-reasons-why-we-should-never-stop-learning.html