Learning is everywhere, whether you’re looking for it or not. Every day brings a wealth of experiences that can take our knowledge and skills a step higher. The motivation and openness we have about what each day brings is crucial.
Every one of us has a great potential for learning; our brain creates new connections every day. Stimulating your curiosity to learn new things is a habit that informs you professionally, nourishes you personally and improves your health.
How can you manage this learning?
- Connect to your surroundings and pay attention to experts or those who can make things happen. Take advantage of any opportunity to share; there are excellent informal trainers around. Stimulating your ability to observe and cooperate will pay dividends.
- Don’t be satisfied with what you already know and be open to the unknown. Your motivation is critical for learning; for any training course proposed by your work or outside, think about what it will do for you and how it will complement other trainings in the medium and long term. You are responsible for your learning.
- Learning keeps you young and sharing your experience stops you getting rusty. Neuroscience has discovered that our brains maintain plasticity throughout our lives and synapses are reinforced with learning and practice. So, the evidence is clear: you are never too old to learn.
- Use your personal filter to make the most of any form of learning, be it formal, informal, face-to-face, blended, e-learning or whatever. Learning is personal; everyone learns in their own way, affected by the baggage of previous experiences, knowledge and skills. You are unique. Things don’t stop being useful because they don’t meet your expectations; your learning ability gives you the resources to make the most of them.
- Make use of new technologies and find moments to expand your knowledge wherever you are. Learning platforms are very powerful and you can take advantage of spare moments throughout the day. It is not a question of time, today’s most precious commodity: take advantage of mobile devices and internet resources. And remember that sharing is key to learning.
Never stop learning; it is an excellent travel companion. Our work environment gives us an excellent platform on which we can grow through our experiences and interaction with other professionals.