So you’ve graduated college. Obviously you have learned all there is to learn, right? Wrong. There is a common misconception among human beings that their learning journey ends once they have finished school, when in retrospect you should never stop learning and being curious. Life as we know it is constantly evolving, technological advances and scientific discoveries are being made at a rapid pace. In fact, it’s the people in this world who remain curious and want to learn who advance society. As Albert Einstein once stated, “I have no special talent. I am only passionately curious.”
This may be a strange way of looking at learning, considering that the idea of school is to prepare you for life after learning. Or at least that’s the feeling you receive during your schooling. One of the issues with school, possibly, is that they teach you how to remember information and how to perform calculations, but they don’t teach you how to engage your curiosity and creativity.
So why is it important to stay curious and continue your learning journey?
- Constantly learning new things can lead to you developing creative solutions you would have never thought of for problems that you have.
- You’ll keep up with new technologies and scientific findings, therefore staying up-to-date and informed. Staying up-to-date can give you a leg-up to competition or can help you keep others informed, too.
- You will (hopefully) pass your general curiosity and passion for learning down to your children, who are the creators of the future and the endless possibilities it holds.
- You will test yourself, push your limits, and end up a well-rounded person with the potential to solve complex problems due to your variety of knowledge.
- Your brain will thank you. By staying curious and learning constantly, your mind will stay AND remain sharp throughout your life. Although you may grow old, your mind will remain young.
- Learning new things will help you create bonds with other people, and who knows, these people may teach you some amazing things, as well.
Therefore, keep your mind sharp and never stop learning. Only the problems we already know how to solve are taught in school. The problems that need solving are waiting for a creative solution. I’ll leave you with one last Albert Einstein quote: “The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing.”