Lifelong learners are the happiest, most successful people, according to numerous research studies. Learners constantly ask questions and find a sense of wonder in the world.
Recall the wonder and enthusiasm you enjoyed at the beginning of your career. If you’ve lost some of the proverbial “lovin’ feeling” (and most people have), recapture it by initiating an education program of your choosing.
Your program should include two categories:
1. Personal development
2. Professional enrichment
Commit to learning material that will benefit you currently and in the future. Be sure to allocate regular time in your schedule for continuing education.
If you don’t know where to start, pick up a copy of 25 Days to Better Thinking and Better Living: A Guide for Improving Every Aspect of Your Life, by Drs. Linda Elder and Richard Paul. Read one chapter each week as part of your personal-development commitment.
For professional enrichment, seek out a mentor you trust, and ask him/her to join you for lunch. You can also hire a coach to help you improve on the job or attend a seminar on the latest developments in your field.
Think about the relationships among all of these activities. What makes them enjoyable? Is there any overlap between the personal and professional? If so, can you identify a common theme in both “work” and “play” that you enjoy?
Please leave a comment to let me know how you answered these questions!