For those of you who are new to the ‘Change Your Life Series’ then fear not – there is still time to make a huge difference. Here’s what you have missed out on:
Part 3 – Get Smart & Learn
You will be pleased to hear that this week’s challenge doesn’t involve exercise or eating; although in order to ‘change your life’ for the long term, then you need to maintain what you learned in parts 1 and 2.
Today we are going to talk about learning. The value of education is soon forgotten after graduating high school, college, or university. Most of us simply lose the passion / willingness / motivation to learn..
Make a list of books that you want to read. Ensure this is comprised of a good mix of fiction and non-fiction. Include politics, science, history, philosophy, geography and religion. Learn a lot about religion and cultural differences. It will shape how you interact with and understand others. Forget your favourite authors and try new ones – read genres that you would never normally consider; read Sci-fi, Crime and Romance. You Don’t Know, What You Don’t Know. Reading articles online just doesn’t cut it. Buy a kindle and download books – many of the classics can be obtained free of charge. Just because books are free, it does not mean they are not worth reading. Instead of watching TV one night a week, download a video editing program and start directing movies. If you get bored, try photos, then music by taking classical guitar lessons, then web design.. Give everything you possibly can a shot. It doesn’t matter if you are not the next Spielberg or you end up hating it – you will become a more interesting person. Go on a research adventure! Think about a topic that interests you and start searching. Wikipedia is a great place to start. Write a paper on it, write a blog post, write some personal notes. You can be that person who always has something interesting to say! Go on a YouTube adventure… check out what people in Vietnam have for breakfast, the crazy traffic in India, the beaches in Thailand, life in the Antarctic or the adventures people are having in South American jungles. Visit the seven wonders of the world virtually. We all have access to the worlds largest database of videos, pictures, music and information – something generations could only dream about just a few years ago. In reality, we have so much data, we often don’t know where to start and maybe don’t start at all! Looking for inspiration? Watch TED talks – if the 12 year old American kid can design award winning mobile applications, then what is stopping you? Read the news and subscribe to RSS feeds. It takes only a few minutes and empowers you with knowledge. We have the ability to decide what information we want and have it INSTANTLY!
We all have the ability to get smart, but we are reluctant to learn. We are becoming dependent on technology. Why learn a new language when we can translate it on Google? Why learn directions when we have a device in our pockets that can easily get us there? Why speak to people to ask for restaurant recommendations when we can read hundreds of reviews online? While technology is making things easier, it is also making us lazier. Instead, you can make a stand – use the power of the internet and the modern, connected world to your advantage.