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Why Self-Learning Matters In The 21st Century

Are you a self-learner?  If you’re constantly learning new things, reading books, and taking online classes, then you probably are one.  Being a self-learner is essential today, especially in a world where we have access to knowledge like never before.  Every ‘how-to’ post, many blogs and online videos offer you easy ways to grow your […]

Are you a self-learner? 

If you’re constantly learning new things, reading books, and taking online classes, then you probably are one. 

Being a self-learner is essential today, especially in a world where we have access to knowledge like never before. 

Every ‘how-to’ post, many blogs and online videos offer you easy ways to grow your knowledge. And it’s important to take advantage of this opportunity to grow personally and professionally.

How so? Let’s go deeper and look at ways that learning as a habit creates powerful benefits for you.

Develop Problem-solving Skills

When you’re a self-learner, you’re also automatically a problem solver. This is because you’ll have the ability to quickly and easily do research and find solutions to any problem that appears in your life. 

There is an abundance of helpful information available to answer virtually any problem that you might face. And being a self-learner means spurring yourself to seek solutions.

You can find solutions by simply doing a simple search online, by asking people for help on forums, or by building the skills you need with books and online courses. 

You’ll develop confidence in your ability to meet the challenges of life. What’s more, you’ll also be able to help others. 

Grow Your Self-Knowledge 

There’s a quote attributed to Albert Einstein that goes ‘The more I learn, the more I realize how much I don’t know.’ However, I believe that self-learning helps you see the potential you have in your life. When you’re more aware of what you don’t know, you’ll naturally look for ways to fill that gap. 

The entire process of self-learning leads to greater self-knowledge which can be a profound experience. You’ll be able to reflect on your life i.e past events and actions and gather important lessons from them.

Such knowledge will allow you to take future decisions that also serve you better. Learning will lead to personal growth and a happier mindset. 

Have Multiple Skills

Being specialized in a particular area has always been the formula for success. But this formula isn’t the only way to boost your career today. 

Thanks to technology, you can wear different hats and you may need to as businesses expect people to manage several tasks. Self-learning allows you to pick up multiple skills that will help you stand out. 

Pick up a new skill to support your career such as writing, marketing, or coding. Or consider harnessing your creativity by learning to draw, brainstorm, doodle, or journal. 

The best part is that you can also develop personal skills that will help you in every aspect of life. Communication, leadership skills, and other abilities will improve personal relationships as well as your professional ones. Having multiple skills will help you become more of a leader and will also open more avenues for your career growth. 

Choose Your Own Medium

One of the most enjoyable things about self-learning today is that you’re free to learn in a way that suits you best. You’re no longer bound to a traditional classroom form of learning where you’re forced to learn formulas. 

Instead, you can use podcasts, live webinar training, online classes in membership sites, and many more options. You can fulfill your potential far more easily by finding learning methods that work the best for you. 

Boost Your Love of Learning

As you keep learning you’ll find the process enjoyable for its own sake. Taking in new knowledge and building your understanding of the world and yourself is rewarding on its own.

You’ll find yourself feeling happier and alive as you learn. 

What’s also important is that you’ll also contribute to society by being a self-learner. You’ll be able to help others with your knowledge and improve their lives. In this way, you’ll have an unending source of contentment in life. 

Conclusion

Self-learning offers both intrinsic and extrinsic motivation. You get intrinsic rewards such as the feeling of joy and expansions from learning something new. Extrinsic rewards like a new job, better interactions with others and more are also the benefits that come from more knowledge. 

Now that we’ve looked at the benefits of self-learning, take your first steps and create a life where you have unending opportunities for growth. 

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