We spend our entire young lives learning new things every day and then as soon as we leave education the majority of us stop, but why? Learning something new gives us a sense of accomplishment which fills us with pride, It leads us to new opportunities and experiences broadening our horizons making us happier and more confident. For about a year now I've spent a lot of time reading informative and educational books, web articles and listening to podcasts. It has made me a lot more focused on what I want to achieve and encouraged me to set lots of big and small career goals, when I achieve one of those goals it gives me a huge confidence boost and spurs me on to work even harder!
According to an article by Natalie Sisson I quote:
'Not only does it make you feel good but the more we learn the quicker we become at learning. The white matter in your brain is called myelin, and it helps improve performance on a number of tasks. The more people practice a new skill they are learning, the denser the myelin in their brains becomes, which helps them learn even better. By stimulating neurons in our brains, more neural pathways are created and electrical impulses move quicker across them as you process new information. The more neural pathways that are made, the faster the impulses travel.
People who learn a new skill are less likely to develop dementia, which has been linked to the demyelination of your brain. People who actively learn new skills don’t give their brains a chance to demyelinate, and their neural pathways are ready for new impulses to travel along with them. '
I'm currently reading What They Don't Teach You At Harvard Business School by Mark McCormack #Affiliatelink and I'm completely engrossed in it. Mark talks about the key to his success with business issues such as analyzing yourself and others, sales, negotiation, time management, decision-making, and communication. The knowledge you can gain from this page-turning book can be applied to general day to day life and gives you the confidence needed to approach professionals that you would otherwise be too nervous to talk to. Next on my list of books to read are How to Own the Room: Women and the Art of Brilliant Speaking by Viv Groskop and Mumboss: The Honest Mum's Guide to Surviving and Thriving at Work and at Home by Vicki Psarias (Vicki is a super lovely and inspiring woman, a MUST read for anyone juggling work and home life!).
Maybe you have always had an interest in the science behind dreams (like me), wonder about astrology, have a baby and want to know more about child development or simply want to gain new skills to help progress your working career. Whatever it is that sparks your interest, have a quick Google search (I have a huge amazon wishlist of books I want!) and order yourself some books (or kindle editions if that's more your thing) on the subjects that you want to know more about. It's never too late to teach an old dog new tricks!