Why is Continuous Learning Important

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As we get older, it’s important to find ways to engage our minds through continuous learning.

Learning is an essential part of our growth and development both personally and professionally. 

Learning is important for our mental well-being. It nourishes our critical and logical thinking skills as we acquire new information so that we have a better understanding of what goes on around us. 

According to McMaster University, lifelong learning has been shown to improve psychosocial outcomes, self‐esteem, and self‐efficacy, as well as to give a sense of purpose and hope and enhance competencies and social integration. 

Continuous learning is beneficial, especially if you are looking to upgrade or make changes in your career. Here at The Canadian Coach, we encourage our fellow coaches, as well as our clients, to take on a new skill or upgrade the skills that they currently have. Don’t get stuck with what you know and be stagnant or else it can be difficult to move forward with your life.  

What is continuous learning?

Continuous learning is making an effort to acquire new knowledge and expand your skill sets to develop future opportunities and make new ones – throughout your entire life. In other words, you CONTINUE to learn new things all your life. 

What are the benefits of continuous learning? 

There are a few benefits of why you should continue to learn throughout your life. 

Staying relevant

You are not stuck with what you have. There are many untapped possibilities and opportunities that could change your life. You also want to remain relevant in your career so that can continue to move forward. For example, if you are in the Digital Marketing world, it’s beneficial to upgrade your skills and knowledge about the digital market to make improvements and advancements in your career. 

Adaptability

It’s always good to have a back-up skill when worse case scenarios happen such as unemployment. We know that it’s been a tough year for most, and the current situation has just made finding a job a more difficult task. So whether you are in the middle of switching jobs or looking for employment, take this opportunity to upgrade or learn a new skill. You can find a lot of classes and tutorials online. YouTube has a lot of incredible creators, Skillshare, Udemy, and LinkedIn Learning also offers free classes. By continuing to learn, you’ll more easily step out of your comfort zone and take on new job opportunities.

Every student can learn, just not on the same day, or the same way.–George Evans.

Boost your confidence

Learning a new skill can make you feel accomplished. You feel confident in your capabilities, and it makes you feel like you can take on any challenge. Also, learning new skills motivates you to work harder and boosts your creative juices. Acquiring new skills can unveil new opportunities and help you find innovative solutions to your problems. Want to find out on how you can boost your self-confidence? Here are five other way you can achieve that. 

Society is always changing and change is the only constant. To adapt to the changes happening, continue to challenge yourself and find new ways to keep engaged with what is going on around you. Don’t be afraid to venture into new topics, and to broaden your perspective. An excellent way to keep motivated is by having a coach to guide you along the way. 

Continuous learning is not simply about developing yourself professionally, it’s about expanding yourself personally. Always stay curious, and keep yourself open to change and possibility. 

About the Author

Heather WIlsonHeather E. Wilson is the founder and CEO of The Canadian Coach, a directory and membership platform designed to unite, support and promote Canadian coaches. She's a successful business coach, speaker, author (Your Life According to You!), warrior, change-maker, risk-taker, and adventurer all rolled into one dynamic package.