Living & Giving
Why Staying a Student Leads to Success
Written by: Akua Hinds
August 24, 2018
Some people feel so passionately about school that they decide to make a career out of being a student. It is easy to understand the excitement that some people feel about learning something new. From the moment that we are all born, we are learning something new. From learning how to speak, to learning how to walk, we are internally equipped to gain the knowledge that we need to know so that we can do the things that we need to do. Whatever it is that you are doing in your life, be open to learning more, but be open to learning in ways that suit you best.
I had heard of the term “perpetual student” but I had never really paid attention to the term until this past year. Thanks to Google, I have discovered that there are adults who choose to never grown up if that means focusing the majority of their time on a fulltime job. Instead, these adults prefer to study subjects that interest them.
Have you ever dreamt of being a life-long student? I remember how I felt when I graduated from college; I felt a sense of loss because I genuinely enjoyed college and the fact that I had more choices in college than I did when I was in elementary school and in secondary school. For several years after graduation, I missed being a college student. I longed to go back and be attending classes at the college campus again. It took me a long time to truly get over not being a college student anymore. Fast forward to today, and I have no desire to go back to college or attend university. Call me spoiled, but I like the fact that I can actually learn and earn from the comfort of home thanks to technology.
Sure, the internet was definitely alive and well when I was in college, but technology is even more advanced now. There are even more opportunities to learn, and now, many people can even earn money while they learn. There are few things more satisfying than knowing that you are enhancing your life by using what you have learned from the past. Taking the lemons that life throws at you and making lemonade is a sweet and sometimes bittersweet feeling. Your approach to life could motivate other people on how they should approach their lives and the obstacles that they face. Life teaches us so many lessons that we can all write a book of what we have learned! Here are some ways that you can “stay a student” through life.
1. Be a voracious reader. Analyzing and learning takes place when you read. Through life, we all have situations when we need to process information and decide how to proceed. Reading is a wonderful way to absorb, learn, grow, and be independent. Whether it is a short story, a fiction novel, or a self-help blog, make an effort to read daily.
2. Teach others. There must be a skill that you have that you could pass on to another person. If you have a lot of knowledge about flowers, then help your friend learn how to properly tend to their garden. Once you start showing someone how to accomplish a task that you have mastered, a different form of learning takes place for you; you learn how to guide and mentor others, and that is an invaluable skill.
3. Create a system and follow it. A cake does not bake itself; a recipe needs to be followed. A recipe is a formula that indicates step by step what needs to be done in order to achieve a specific result. It is important to create a system for how you want to accomplish small and large tasks throughout your day. Once you have developed your system, you need to enforce it.
4. Set timelines and follow them. A timeline is another word to describe the word “deadline.” Timeline is a much more goal oriented term. By following your timelines and making note of your progress, you will feel confidence to accomplish other goals in your life. A timeline can be big, or it can be small. The important thing to do is to make a commitment and stick to it. It is also fine to change the date/time of your timeline if need be.
5. Know your limitations. Believe it or not, knowing how far you want to go and where you want to stop in your journey is an important part of the learning process. It is not necessary for some people to have a PHD degree, but for some people, it is important. One person may realize that having a home based business is essential to their personal and professional growth, but another person may decide that working for an employer will be their key to getting ahead. Once you know where you want to go, then you can determine what you need to do. For instance, if you know that you will need to drive 20 miles to a particular destination, it is important that you fill your car’s gas tank with enough gasoline to make the journey to and from. Know how far you want to go, and move forward from there.
There is always something to learn and something to do! Take pleasure in the options that you have. You can either choose to learn and be progressive, or you can retreat and be regressive. What will you choose to do today? The right choice should be obvious, but it can be difficult to find motivation at times. Start slowly, and gradually, faster progress will take place.
Akua Hinds works as a journalist, actress, music performer & instructor, owner of 3 dating sites www.InterracialDesires.net, www.RichSinglesDate.net, www.ChristianPartner.co, and independent business owner at www.PureRomance.ca/AkuaHinds & www.PureRomance.com/AkuaHinds selling passion products. Please visit www.AkuaHinds.com for more information.