Our whole lives, education has been given to us…
We sit in a classroom, we listen to a lesson, we study it, we get tested on it and we repeat.
For most of us that occurs from elementary school through high school and if we are lucky we get to continue on through undergrad. If you really want to try hard you continue on to masters or PHD. But after that, it’s gone.
It’s up to us to continuously educate ourselves. It has become a commonly believed misconception that as we grow in age, we grow in wisdom and knowledge. Although that may be true during our formal education days, it is completely untrue thereafter.
To become a consistent and better learner, you must be intentional about it.
Here are four ways to help you become an intentional learner and improve the overall quality of your life:
1. Start Today
The biggest mistake people will make after reading this article is agreeing with the merit behind it and deciding that they will make it a priority later. Simply by reading this, you have already made the decision to become an intentional learner. Don’t stop! Find a book that suits you and start reading.
2. Pick Fear of Failure over Fear of Regret
Either way, you will be affected by the fear of failure or regret. It is up to you to decide which one you are going to let affect you. Understand that on the road to self improvement and becoming an intentional learner, you will face fears but you will also overcome them. It is important for you to consistently grow every single day, even if it is just a little bit.
3. Why are you Doing This?
This is the most important question that you need to ask yourself. You need to figure out your “why factor.” Once you truly understand the answer to this question, you will be able to push yourself to limits you never knew possible.
4. Focus on Intentional Learning not Accidental Learning
When you are little kid, and you put your hand on a hot stove, you immediately learned never to do that again. What’s different now is that the stakes are a lot higher and you can’t afford to only learn from your mistakes. In order to be able to push yourself to the next level, it is crucial for you to seek knowledge and understanding everywhere you can.
Just remember, there is something you can learn from every single person you meet.