Apply your heart to instruction and your ears to words of knowledge.~ Proverbs 23:12
Embrace life long learning with these four tips:
1. Use Fragments of Time to Learn
Walk into a dentist or doctors waiting room and you can quickly see who the learners are and those who are not. Some people sit staring into space. Others follow the TV screen in the corner of the room. Still others are half-heartedly leafing through out-of-date magazines. The Life Long Learners are engaged in conversation or have pulled out a book. So travel with your book or Kindle and come prepared with relevant reading material.
2. Embrace Technology
I’m not a “techie” – far from it. But I don’t want to be left behind as technology speeds past. I want to be able to communicate with my kids and someday my grandkids using whatever technology is popular. So, I bought an I-phone, mostly as a learning challenge. I love it! I have learned more playing with that phone then I could have learned at any college course costing twice as much.
3. Enroll in Auto-University
Use you drive time to continue your learning. This is not a new concept but with the advent of CD’s, podcasts, and other audio media, the learning possibilities are endless. And many are free! Learn a language, listen to a Great Book, or spend time with your favorite author. Free resources can be found in your local library or at the ITunes podcast directory. A shout out to my favorite site – LibriVox.com. LibriVox, established in 2005 is an online effort to put every book in the public domain on audio. I am currently listening to The Autobiography of Ben Franklin.
4. Start your day with the Book of Books
Whether you are a believer or not, it would make sense to have read the number one bestseller of all time. Find an easy translation or an audio version and give yourself a year to go through the Bible. About 4 chapters per day should do it. Yes, I know there are some boring chapters, but push through those to find the treasures of wisdom found throughout the Word.
An old TV commercial closed with this line, – “the mind is a terrible thing to waste”. So start today. Open your ears and your heart – stretch your mind this week and start on your path to Life Long Learning.