“Seeing much, suffering much, and studying much are the three pillars of learning.” ~ Benjamin Disraeli
Seventeen years ago, with no electricity and little heat in the middle of a cold winter under candlelight, I started learning the English language. I copied down every word and sentence in hundreds of pages until I could write almost without spelling errors. I used a dictionary to translate thousands of words. I made up sentences using these words so I could understand (or at least imagine) how to use them. I even wrote a few short essays to try out my new language skills.
At the time, I could not have imagined how critical my knowledge of English would become later in life. Far too often, the subject we study has little to do with our current circumstances and is only required knowledge years later in ways we would have never considered while learning.
Our lives are so packed with activities and demands placed on our time that it is convenient and even almost excusable to postpone daily learning until some other time when we are “free.” I want to urge you to make a concerted effort to learn daily or weekly or on a schedule that works best for you. Attend a class, get a new degree, try out something you have never done before, and spend time learning new disciplines.
In this global economy, we are rewarded for being narrowly specialized in our field of expertise. I would argue that in order to increase expertise in our fields we must venture outside into other fields and learn how others deal with their work and their lives. This learning not only enriches our current experiences but also has the ability to pay dividends in later years in unexpected ways.
People learn in different ways. For some daily methodical study is the best way, for others reading books works best and yet for some learning from people or trials and errors is best. Whatever works best depends on your preferences and upbringing and perhaps other factors. Any method is fine as long as you are learning something new and different.
Do not put off learning something new today! You may not know yet the ways in which this newly acquired knowledge or skill will become useful tomorrow.