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Learning Something New Each Day

How Learning New Things Can Set You Up for Success

by Joanne Troppello

“Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.” – Benjamin Franklin

Recently I started taking some online courses on cryptocurrencies and stocks. My husband and I had already invested in this area, but we wanted to invest more. I felt I needed to get more knowledge to make more informed decisions for better investments.

I’ve had to download various PDFs and have spent time this week going through the first 9 lessons on microcurrencies and stocks. I still have to watch the educational videos that supplement each lesson. Then, I’ll read the chapters again and take the tests for each one.

A Continual Thirst for Learning

“I don’t love studying. I hate studying. I like learning. Learning is beautiful. – Natalie Portman

I’ve always been interested in learning. Now, I didn’t love everything about attending school – I especially disliked gym class. However, I loved the process of learning something new and have always valued that through the years.

That desire to learn something new each day helped me when I went to college and even beyond as I’ve had different jobs in my professional career. It’s helped me to maneuver through difficult freelance content writing assignments where I didn’t know much about the topic I had to write on (like information technology etc.). Yet, I needed work and got a lot of assignments because I was willing to spend time researching the topic first so that I could write the blog post, article, or white paper for the client.

Setting Yourself Up for Success

“Try to learn something about everything and everything about something.” – Thomas Huxley

When you have the intention to learn something new each day, you can set yourself up for success. You might not take a class on microcurrencies and stocks like I am doing, but maybe you can read a book and learn something new that way. Consider the following ways that you can set yourself up for success by having the mindset that learning is a joy, not a chore.

1. Curiosity

When you have a desire to learn something new each day, that develops your curiosity level. Now, you likely already have a high level of curiosity if you want to continually learn about things and different ideas etc. However, when you consistently feed that curiosity with knowledge, it will grow and help you to succeed in all areas of your life: personally, professionally, and spiritually.

2. Discipline

Cultivating a desire to learn will help you to develop discipline. Being a disciplined person will help your mind, body, and soul. You need discipline to manage your diet and eat healthier foods, and exercise and stay healthy. Discipline is an important factor in maintaining your spiritual health by daily Bible study and prayer time. Many times, you may look at discipline in a bad light, like a parent disciplining their child or God chastising us for transgressions. Yet, a disciplined life is a fulfilled one.

3. Camaraderie

Learning something new can help you to cultivate relationships. I knew I was not good at developing the relationships in my family, so I learned about personalities and that helped me deal with people better and improved my emotional intelligence quotient. Maybe you can take a class on painting or glass blowing and attend together with your spouse or a friend. That can become a learning and growing opportunity for both of you.

“As for these four young men, God gave them knowledge and skill in all literature and wisdom; and Daniel had understanding in all visions and dreams.” – Daniel 1:17 (NKJV)

If you want to learn, but don’t have that level of curiosity or discipline yet, ask God to give you a thirst to learn more – and the discipline to achieve the impossible in your life (with His help and guidance).

I needed to ask Him for discipline when I was learning good workout routines in the PiYo (pilates and yoga) area of fitness. I had bought exercise books from Costco, researched online, and watched YouTube videos. Then I created my own PiYo routine. Within 1.5 months, I saw more muscle definition and lost inches doing this routine than when I had been doing cardio with my Maxi Climber machine for 2 months.

Now, I still like that machine, yet I’ve gotten more personal and physical satisfaction out of doing my PiYo routine – especially because I’ve been feeling stronger and seeing results faster. It was difficult to remain disciplined to do the routine at least five days each week. However, after 21 days, the habit was cemented in my mindset. Now, I miss doing the exercise – if I can’t – on a rare extremely busy day.

Do you believe in learning something new each or at least as often as you can?


About the Author

Joanne Troppello at Mustard Seed Sentinel

Joanne Troppello is an author, writer, and poet. She is the publisher of the online Christian lifestyle magazine, Mustard Seed Sentinel. Connect with Joanne on Twitter. You can find Joanne on these social media channels—Twitter, Facebook, Parler, Spreely, and Clouthub—with the same username, @JoanneTroppello—and @joannetroppello.mseedsentinel on Instagram. Visit the Mustard Seed Sentinel YouTube Channel. Check out MSS Live Well Corner.