How to become a lifelong learner

Being a lifelong learner is one of the most important skills anyone can have. In order to adapt in an ever-changing world, you must know how to continue learning new things throughout life. Unfortunately, many school systems fail in this regard, and after leaving school most people don't know how to keep learning after graduating from formal schooling. Keep reading to find out how to turn yourself into a lifelong learner.

Step 1: Determine where your knowledge is weak

The first step to becoming a lifelong learner is to figure out where your knowledge may be lacking. For example, if you took a lot of science classes in high school, then you might not have had time for art, language, and humanities classes and you might not know as much as you should about those topics. Get out a sheet of paper and list as many topic areas as you can think of and give yourself an honest rating of how well you understand that topic.

Step 2: Find out how you could learn more about your weak subjects

Now that you have an idea of where your knowledge is weak, start writing down some ideas about how you could learn more about them. For example, if you are weak in history, write a list of books you could read, documentaries to watch, and museums you could visit to learn more about history.

Step 3: Get in the habit of learning every day

If you want to get into good physical condition, you must build a habit of exercising multiple times per week. Likewise, building brain power is all about your habits. Create a habit of sitting down every day at the same time to focus on learning something new, such as reading a book, or reviewing notes you have written.

Step 4: Always stay curious

Keep a curious outlook on the world. Most people-- especially adults-- often lose their curiosity as they get older. To be a lifelong learner, ask questions and don't stop searching for the answer until you find it.

Step 5: Keep an open mind

To be a lifelong learner you must keep an open mind at all times. If you think you know everything or stubbornly refuse to accept anything that disagrees with your viewpoints, you will never truly learn. Instead, you will only think you have learned something. A lifelong learner is someone who is willing to admit that they don't understand something as well as they thought they did and set out to learn more about it in the search for truth and knowledge.