Henry Ford was onto something!
“Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young,” Ford said, and now new research shows he was indeed correct.
University of Texas at Dallas-led study found that, Older adults that engage in challenging mental activities actually improve their cognitive functioning.
A constant learning has it’s own advantages; it Keeps your mind sharp, Improves your memory, increases self-confidence, gives you a feeling of accomplishment, helps you meet people who share your interests, you build on skills you already have & many more!
Here are some ways on how you can keep learning (this is applicable for a person of any age) —
1. Learn what you want
You’re not in school anymore. There are no rules! Pick any topic that you’re curious about and seek out more information.
2. Talk to Smart people
Know anybody your truly admire? Somebody who is really good at something that you would like to be good at?
Take them out for a lunch or dinner or just a walk. Ask questions and listen to their answers keenly. You will be amazed at what you can learn if you let someone you admire teach you.
3. Read good books
Some people have great ideas but they aren’t available for lunch. Many of them have written books. What a great way to expose yourself to powerful ideas.
When I’m busy & can’t find the to read, I listen to books written by smart people on Audible.
If reading is not your thing at all, you can surely listen to different podcasts or watch short videos on the skill on YouTube.
If you find something that you enjoy and want to continue doing, make time in your schedule to do it. You can still pursue new interests, but if you finally learned to paint, play a guitar, or cook your favourite dish, make time for what lights you up. use-it-or-lose-it.
So what are you waiting for? Go out there and learn to play the piano or how to make a cake or whatever it is that you fancy.