Continuous Learning: Tips to Keep You Sharp

Learning is time consuming and requires a lot of effort, yet it is the best way to keep us mentally agile into our golden years. For entrepreneurs, learning is essential and helps you to stay competitive. Some people tend to slow down or stop the learning process if they are labeled “expert” or reach some degree of success. Continual learning is the key to success in this fast-paced world.

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People get so consumed in their jobs that learning can be limited. People tend to give up when pursuing more formal, classroom-like education—the ramp up time to remember how to learn can be excruciating. According to Scott Halford, CSP, an Emmy Award-winning writer and producer, engaging presenter, and a long-time consultant to Fortune 500 executive teams, there are ways to keep your learning in tip-top shape so you are constantly engaged.

Read one article a day written by someone with an opposing opinion: Your brain chemistry switches on when you meet competing knowledge. Be open and read it all the way through, no matter how frustrated you become.

Learn one radically new thing every day and apply it to your life: Finding unrelated things and putting them together or coming up with something new is what geniuses do. You can move towards accomplishing that by adding to your own experiences and knowledge.

Teach someone something that you’re passionate about: Teaching is an art. It involves learning from the questions asked by your students. It causes you to stretch your topic area. You have to be open to your knowledge being challenged.

Get deep sleep: Research shows that neural connections are made when you’ve hit the deepest stage of sleep, and that occurs typically over a seven to nine hour period. Don’t skimp on sleep!

Practice “awake sleeping” or reflection: Find time for yourself. Turn off all the electronic gadgets and simply reflect on what your needs are and how things are going. Be open to the ideas that come to mind.

Keep yourself smart by stretching your brain every day. The combination of the wisdom from experiences and your constant new knowledge will be one of the most powerful innovation tools you will possess.

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Thanks for reading, and until next time… stay WISE!

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