I’ve always believed in the power behind constant learning. About 85% of the books I have ever read, have been self-help books. They’ve helped equip me with the knowledge I needed to help push myself, and develop life-long skills much earlier on in life. To this day I am still investing in myself by growing my knowledge on specific topics. Over the past month I’ve been delving into a brand new market, learning as much as I can in order to grow my business and make better content for you guys!
It’s a great habit to develop and once you find a subject that you enjoy, you’ll never look at learning and self-development the same again.
Here are five ways it can set you up for life-long fulfilment and success.
1. We are constantly growing and learning .
As human beings, we are constantly learning and evolving. We’re put through more than a decade’s worth of educational systems. It’s instilled in us from young age that in order to survive, we must learn. Now, if you’re anything like me, yes I did fine at school, but I used to sit there feeling like I was wasting my time learning things I didn’t care about. If you were to ask me now what I learnt in school, I literally couldn’t tell you.
There is a difference between being forced to learn something, and consciously choosing to gain knowledge on subjects that you’re going to put to good use. Think of three areas of life that really interest you. Perhaps they’re areas or skills you want to really master and get better at. Then invest in learning more about them. We have a whole array of information available to us, from videos, online courses, books, etc. just choose a medium which you feel you best learn through.
2. It can give you the edge on your competition.
I’ve always been considered wise beyond my years, and I credit that half to my life experiences early on, but also my craving for self-education. For as long as I can remember, I’ve always picked up and fully digested self-help books on topics that really resonated with me. Because of this, I’ve had lots of years of learning, practising and fine-tuning these skills and putting them to good use. Now, I am often the first person people come to for support in life, relationships, and style.
Help yourself by doing the same. Become a master of a specific niche in life that appeals to you, and watch how many people will start to approach you to share your knowledge with them.
3. You’re taking personal responsibility for your life.
What I’ve always felt most appealing about teaching myself specific skills, is how empowering it is. You’re literally taking your own life into your hands, and helping yourself create and person you’re proud of. Gone are the days when we blame other people for our own misfortunes in life. If you don’t like something, you always have the power to change it. And the first step is often through learning how to make that change!
4. You give yourself the best chance of success.
When you want to succeed in something, anything, in life, what’s the first thought that often pops up? That you don’t know enough. That you’re not good enough. That you’re not ready, you don’t know what you’re talking about. Now, some of these are completely unjustified even if you haven’t done much self-learning. But the best way to tackle these self-destructive thoughts is to give yourself real confidence that you do know what you’re talking about.
The best way to do that? Evolve your knowledge and skills. Not only will you feel more confident in your own ability, but those around you will also respond positively to your level of self-esteem. That in itself, can be the secret to attracting opportunities into your life that you’ve previously missed/pushed away.
5. Education of the self, is the most important.
Think about how much information we absorb every single day, both consciously and subconsciously. I believe that the information we take in from others about ourselves is especially crucial. We need to learn how to put up healthy boundaries between ourselves and other people’s opinions, and nurture a healthy relationship with ourself.
I wish self-development, and self-awareness were taught in school as they are the foundation to live a healthy, happy and fulfilling life. So if you’re not sure which area to start self-learning, start with yourself! By getting to know yourself, your strengths and weaknesses, you can then determine what other areas of your life are calling for more attention.