da Vinci Principle #1: Curiosity
I read to learn as well as for entertainment. I always have a book on me I’m studying. My freshman year of college, I learned to read books 5 minutes at a time. While standing in the hall waiting for my next class, most of the time I had an Isaac Asimov book in hand reading a few pages. By that time I entered grad school the book I whipped out in the hall was a textbook or journal article. There are plenty of times we still wait today. If I’m alone, I read.
We now have whole channels are dedicated to learning. We have The Science Channel, The Discovery Channel, History Channel, History International Channel, National Geographic Channel and HGTV – I plan on buying a home soon! Even if you don’t have the full blown cable package. There are always educational programs to watch on any channel. TV doesn’t have to be just entertainment anymore. It’s an opportunity to learn something new.
Take a class.
I enjoy taking continuous learning courses at the local community college. The last one I took was a calligraphy course. I’ll never look at fonts the same way again.
Of course, I am active in organizations to help improve my skills as a project manager, writer and blogger.
- Make you adaptable. Have the ability and reputation as a quick learner will enable you to survive and thrive in all circumstances.
- Provide you with greater career opportunities, by keeping you current in your field and other interests.
- Keeps you youthful. When people stop learning they become stuck, grouchy and start acting old. This is my opinion.
- Improve your conversational skills. You have a lot to talk about when you have a constant inflow of information. Your outflow will also increase.
- Ensures you lead life of humility. To be teachable you must be humble.