Learning: A Livelong Pursuit
Learning, they say, is a lifelong process and we are often a student and sometimes a teacher in this long journey. For most of us this process ends by the time we get out of high school and into college. Our efforts and focus then shifts to getting grades and making careers rather than learning. For a few fortunate , this process keeps on going for a lifetime as they make research or education their profession. The rest are more prone to ask for the need to learn more. Continued education, in whichever form, is the only way to professional and personal growth. Learning more in your field or field of your interest is the best way to know more and be able to apply more of that knowledge to your own progress. It is not restricted to people in technical field only as every field evolves, slower may be, but it does. Evolving with your field is the only way to cut competition and rise in your profession. And as you grow, your changing situations require new knowledge to deal with. Only continued personal learning can give you the tools to deal with your changing environment.
Secondly, what we call ‘generation gap’ is actually a ‘knowledge gap’. New generations learn newer things at a much faster rate than their parents. Their knowledge of new ways to connect and live and their willingness to try creates a gap. This gap becomes impossible when parents are not even aware of what the children are living. The first step to closing this gap is to learn more about changes in the world, which your kids are learning. There will be common grounds for discussion as well as direction. You will have a new perspective on their issues and they will have respect for your efforts and knowledge.