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You Must Be a Lifelong Learner

The beautiful thing about learning is that nobody can take it away from you. 

One of the most common traits of successful people is the love for learning. 

One of the greatest truths of life is that we do not know everything there is to know. 

But whatever knowledge you don’t know but need to know, there’s someone out there who already knows it. 

Then, if you are willing to learn, you will eventually know it from that person. 

One thing I’ve learned from experience is that you don’t learn only from people you consider to be ahead of you in life. 

You must develop a mindset that is ready to learn from everyone – those who are ahead of you, those on the same level as you, and those who are below you. 

You never know where the vital knowledge you need may come from. 

Another thing I’ve learned is that, while you should learn from everyone, it does not necessarily mean that you learn what to do from everyone. 

From some, you learned what NOT to do. 

Personally, I learned a lot about how not to treat an employee from one of my former bosses. 

I learned how not to be a father from my father. 

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One of the greatest sources of learning that I know of is books. 

True, the best source of learning will be to learn directly from the person who has the knowledge. 

But Dale Carnegie is dead now, and I’d love to learn how to treat people from him. 

So, I buy his book – How to Win Friends and Influence People. 

Napoleon Hill is dead, but I can learn how to Think and Grow Rich. 

I think you get the idea. 

Sometimes, we know what we don’t know, so we simply need to look for that knowledge from someone who does.

Sometimes, we do not know what we do not know, and this is a great disservice. 

By exposing ourselves to the knowledge of others, we can begin to get an idea of what we do not know, and we can now search for that knowledge. 

So, you must commit to being a lifelong learner if you want to be truly successful. 

To conclude, I will leave you with these quotes about learning:

An investment in knowledge pays the best interest. 

“Man’s mind, once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimensions.”

— Oliver Wendell Holmes

“Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty.”

— Henry Ford

“The only person who is educated is the one who has learned how to learn and change.”

— Carl Rogers

“Always walk through life as if you have something new to learn and you will.”

— Vernon Howard

“I don’t think much of a man who is not wiser today than he was yesterday. “

— Abraham Lincoln

“The beautiful thing about learning is that nobody can take it away from you.”

― B.B. King

“Learning is not attained by chance, it must be sought for with ardor and attended to with diligence.”

― Abigail Adams

“Learning never exhausts the mind.”

― Leonardo da Vinci

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”

― Dr. Seuss

“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.”

― Mahatma Gandhi

“The key to pursuing excellence is to embrace an organic, long-term learning process, and not to live in a shell of static, safe mediocrity. Usually, growth comes at the expense of previous comfort or safety.”

— Josh Waitzkin

“A plant needs roots in order to grow. With man it is the other way around: only when he grows does he have roots and feels at home in the world.”

— Eric Hoffer

“The object of opening the mind, as of opening the mouth, is to close it again on something solid.”

— G. K. Chesterton

“A man who carries a cat by the tail learns something he can learn in no other way.”

— Mark Twain

“I am still learning.”

— Michelangelo

“If you think education is expensive, try estimating the cost of ignorance.”

— Howard Gardner

Being a student is easy. Learning requires actual work.”

— William Crawford

Samuel is an avid reader and a freelance writer, in that order. He fancies himself funny, but his friends regularly don't laugh at his jokes. I have been a student of personal development for several years, and I created this blog to share my knowledge with others and help them become better versions of themselves.

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