Learning and knowledge are the power that affects society’s health, financial and social lives. Learning is not about earning degrees or attending prestigious institutions. Learning is a constant expanding of existing knowledge and skills that affect every facet of life. It is also a consistent lifelong engagement of mind and body in an active pursuit from birth to death. Mentally atrophied individuals ignore or resist learning opportunities, which makes them socially awkward, lack of motivation, fearful, ignorant, depressed, frustrated and prejudicial.
Doreetha Daniels, the oldest graduate in American history; at the age of 99, graduated from College of the Canyons California, with an associates degree in social sciences. Daniels determination is an example for humanity in commitment to learning. Daniels advice to prospective students was, “Don’t give up and do not let anybody discourage you. Say I am going to do it and do it for you.”
People need to seize the opportunity available in books, online courses and professional development programs accessibility to achieve intellectual development and lifelong learning. Before tempting putting learning off, remember a few points:
Learning Affects Your Health
Learning enables individuals to adapt to demands and changing circumstances to improve their health and adjust to their medical conditions. Reading and learning reduces stress levels and increases lifespan. Neurologists suggest that learning activities enhance cognitive activity, which might delay the symptoms of Alzheimer and preserve people’s quality of life. Researchers suggest that learning new skills can offset cognitive decline and improve memory. A research team studied the relationship between longevity and education and found that a year of formal education can add half a year to a person’s lifespan.
Learning Affects Your Wallet
Reading and learning have an impact on a person lifetime earnings. A research team found that a person could expect to earn an extra $550,000 during his career with a bachelor’s degree than with a high school degree. Ongoing learning and skill development is essential to surviving economic disruption and technological progress. The professional landscape shifts rapidly, which increase the number of jobs requiring expertise in many fields mastering the new technologies and skills.
Researchers suggest that continuous learning leads to business performance success. Business leaders are looking for such performance by implementing new procedure such as continuous learning programs to improve employee’s skills, enhance firm value, investment performance, and productivity.
Learning Affects Your Social Life
The Social Learning Theory introduced by Albert Bandura Mapp out a perspective on learning that includes consideration of the personal characteristics of the learner, behavior patterns, and the environment. Bandura suggests that learning improves people social life and creates happy, professionally engaged and social people. Learning makes people literate, open-minded and enhances the ability to ask questions. Researchers suggest that educated people exhibit intellectual curiosity and ability to speak and touch on several topics of interest to others.
Humans are special, unique, capable and endowed with the capacity for learning, creation, and intellectual flourishing and motivation. Trust yourself and do not prejudge your ability to learn because you are capable of reading a novel, learn a new task, and solve a math problem. Despite the significance of learning of each’s development, functioning, health, and well-being, the debate continues about how learning occurs. The kinds of experiences facilitate or hinder the learning process, and what ensures that learning becomes relatively permanent.