Interested in lifelong learning? Welcome!
If you’re anything like me, you’re here because you love to learn. In fact, maybe you can’t get enough. Maybe you’re looking for interesting content or you’re looking to learn a new skill. Maybe you’re trying to weed through the countless learning opportunities on the internet and whittle them down to the ones which will be most useful to you. If any of these are the case, you’re in the right place.
Why I Do What I Do
Lifelong learning isn’t just a buzz word (buzz phrase?), it’s a way of life. Learning has never been more accessable than it is today. From libraries embracing the digital age, YouTube, cheap eBooks, and a slew of blogs expounding life hacks to training courses and physical books, information is everywhere. I believe it is our responsibility to learn as much as we can about as many topics as possible. Building a well-rounded knowledge base can create strange connections and open unforeseen doors.
Not convinced? I’ll give you some examples. I once spent a solid month learning about Victorian Britain and Victorian literature, mostly because I was curious, and ended up using much of that knowledge when writing my science fiction series The Corsair Uprising. On another occasion, I spent far more time than required learning a Microsoft Excel add-on for a college class. I used that knowledge to approach a local company to run a detailed customer survey for them. After a couple of sessions unpacking the data, I was offered a job.
In my mind, you should never see an earned skill as a wasted effort. You never know when it might help you in life, or when that knowledge or expertise might be the foundation for something greater. The Excel knowledge I learned in the class I mentioned developed further over the years, and morphed into predictive modeling, complex financial databases, and much, much more.
It’s my opinion that the concept of 10,000 hours to mastery popularized by Malcolm Gladwell is complete and utter B.S. Recent studies have shown that this kind of concerted effort accounts for only about 12% of success depending on the subject matter. But, what if you spent 1,000 hours each on ten different skills? Or 5,000 hours each on two complementary skills? In my experience, developing a host of skills has helped me far more than focusing too narrowly on one path. Of all skills I’ve developed so far, none have had more impact than the critical thinking skills learned as an undergraduate student in English.
During my time at Oregon State University, I learned to write well, absorb information from text, and think critically about what I read. Additionally, this is where my love of learning turned almost manic. It’s this primary love which has led me to pursue learning in business, economics, finance, history, physics, biology, astronomy, drawing, philosophy, psychology, photography, and more. I learned during those undergraduate years that I didn’t have to pursue a career in a subject to enjoy learning deeply about it. This is a freeing thought.
I will be the first to acknowledge that I don’t know everything. Frankly, I wouldn’t want to. The fact that there is still more to learn is exactly what drives me, and it should drive you too. This means that no matter where we start, we have somewhere to go; we have something to improve.
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