Lifelong Learning: 5 Attributes of a Lifelong Learner

Lifelong Learning

Lifelong learning

Lifelong learning isn’t only about acquiring a greater store of facts, information, or textbook knowledge. It is that and more. We are not just storage vessels and regurgitators of facts that have no effect on how we live our lives.

Lifelong learning brings about change. It makes us better people and better contributors to society. Lifelong learning is not about acquisition of knowledge of facts, but of the person, Jesus.

Your growing relationship with Jesus makes you a lifelong learner as you get to know Him through hearing his voice, reading His Word, the Bible, and talking to him through prayer.

Here are 5 attributes of a lifelong learner:

1. Courage

“So be strong and courageous,
all you who put your hope in the Lord!”

Psalm 31:24 (NLT)

It takes courage to step out of your comfort zone and the things you already know. Stepping into the unknown is never easy. But God is with you and he will strengthen your heart, fill you with love and a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7). Lifelong learners have the courage to overcome their fears.

2. Humility

Lifelong learners understand that intelligence is a gift from God so they don’t feel the need to be prideful about their personal accomplishments. You can truly humble yourself and use that knowledge to lift and strengthen others around you.

And remember, humility will open more doors than arrogance ever will. (Read more here)

3. Go-getter

“Hang out with people who are already the way you want to be.”

You can learn a lot from the people who are already the way you want to be. They’ve succeeded in their professions and have a lot of knowledge to share. So ask questions and be pro-active. You can also attend conferences and expand your network. It’s another chance for you to learn something new.

4. Curiosity

Lifelong learners allow themselves to respond to the curiosity that God places in all humans. Seeking the answer to the hardest questions or problems gives them joy and satisfaction. Lifelong learners seek to discover the whys and hows of this world and they don’t give up. As Thomas Edison famously said,

“I have not failed, I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”

5. Communication

Lifelong learners are teachers at heart. You find joy in uplifting and strengthening others by sharing your understanding, knowledge and experiences.

A great communicator knows when to share and when to listen. You begin to appreciate the knowledge you gain from every individual you meet and listen intensively because you can learn something new from anyone.

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