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There are no age restrictions when it comes to education. Being a lifelong learner is all about maintaining your curiosity and love for learning, and there are plenty of ways that you can keep pursuing truth and knowledge. In this article, we’ll break down everything you need to know about becoming a lifelong learner.

Everyone has a preferred way they like to approach information. Determine your own preferred learning style or styles. Note what learning techniques are most efficient for you and use them as much as is practical, such as viewing online tutorials on websites like YouTube if you're more of a visual learner.

  • Most people learn through multiple methods but favor one or two. Use your preferences to your advantage.

Knowing where your interests lie can tell you a lot about yourself. Try many different things so that you don't box yourself into believing you're only good at a few things. It's probable that you're good at many things, but you won't know until you've tried.

  • Be wary of past memories that tell you to stay away from certain things. This can soon inhibit you from trying a lot of new things if taken to an extreme. As you grow you develop more experience, coordination, responsiveness, and confidence that one experience can't teach, but you can apply to re-learning an old experience.

  • For example, if you had a bad experience riding a horse when younger, not getting back on a horse when you're older and calmer might mean you miss out on a trek of a lifetime. Or, you might have hated certain sports, tastes or activities when younger because of your lack of experience, strength or maturity.

  • All these things change as you mature, develop, and adjust to new environments. Be careful not to let past experiences like these cut off opportunities for you now.

If this feels like a chore, you’re unlikely to stick with it. Don't just force yourself to learn things because they're important or necessary. Instead, learn things that you need to learn alongside things you love to learn. Follow your heart, as well as your sense of duty. Do you remember the 8th grade history that you hated so much, with all those names and dates that seemed to mean nothing? The point was to bring you to learn details now that will knit chunks of information together later. It was a chore then, but it makes sense, now.

  • Even when you're learning the things you have to, such as on-the-job knowledge, seek to go beyond what you're being asked to learn. Look at the history, case studies, different applications, etc., to make your learning experience much more well-rounded.

Jumping right into the deep end can be overwhelming. It can be a grind at times, but you'll be able to remember, connect and figure out all kinds of complicated things through relatively few, simple building blocks if you learn some math and natural-science concepts.[1]You can look up precise formulas and trivia again later, but the concepts will do the most good and save a lot of time in repeated look-ups if mostly learned by heart.[2]Try some free OpenCourseWare, TED Talks or iTunes University for comprehensive presentations from famous professors and experts in their fields.

  • Mix learning the basics with more fun learning, like intellectual hobbies and games. Don't space them out so far that you forget what came before in a sequence; a half-class or class every day or two might be a good pace. Check into DIY U for a list of colleges and institutions that offer low cost or free courses.

  • If you find complex math very unintuitive in isolation, you can look it up as you learn things that use it. Without seeing the applications, it's hard to distinguish the concepts you need from the computational tricks most people don't.

  • Read books by people who experienced difficulties with the basics of math, science or other subjects but have still managed to find workarounds without giving up. Their ways of learning might help you to improve your own.

Even if it’s just a few pages, the habit will help you learn a ton. Make friends with your local library and new and used book sellers. Reading is a portal into other worlds and into the minds of your fellow human beings. Through reading you will never stop learning and being amazed by the incredible creativity, intelligence and yes, even banality, of the human species. Wise people read lots of books, all the time; it's as simple as that. And reading will help you to learn the discoveries and mistakes of others who have gone before you; reading is, in effect, a shortcut so that you don't have to learn things the hard way.

  • Read all sorts of books. Just because you're usually a mystery fan doesn't mean you shouldn't try nonfiction now and then. Don't limit yourself.

  • Recognize the educational value in whatever you read. Nonfiction, of course, teaches about its subject. Fiction, freed from that constraint, can teach more about good writing, storytelling, vocabulary, and human nature generally. Indeed, fiction will tell you a great deal about the mores, morals, thinking and habits of the time during which it was written, and it is also said that fiction readers are more empathetic than those who avoid it because it teaches us about interacting in the social world.[3]

  • Newspapers, magazines, manuals, and comic books are all worth reading. As are websites, blogs, reviews and other online sources of information.

Broaden your horizons and respect the journey. Take a look at the theory of multiple intelligences] if you don't know it yet. Consider how you might fit in, and where you can improve.

  • Refine your existing skills. Are you already good at fly fishing? Computers? Teaching? Playing saxophone? Hone these skills and take them to the next level.

  • Try new things, both inside and outside your preferred skill areas.

The more you expand your boundaries, the more you’ll learn. As an adult, your experience may be your best teacher. Whether you work for pay or volunteer your time, focus on a project or tinker with whatever grabs your attention, try lots of things and notice the results. Apply the results to other things in your life, to expand the value of what you've learned. You never know when an opportune discovery might arise as a result of your observations and innovative approaches.

  • If you don't allow yourself to experience something new, you will never really know whether or not you like it. It's important to allow yourself to try and feel new things, as you may learn that you never felt something in a particular way.

Flexing your creative muscles can help you learn about yourself. Not all learning comes from outside you. In fact, some of the most powerful learning happens when you are creating or formulating something for yourself. Creation, like intelligence, can be artistic or scientific; physical or intellectual; social or solitary. Try different media and methods and refine the ones you like the most.

Develop your observational skills to become more thoughtful. Look more closely at your world, and examine both the usual and the unusual. Also, look at the world from different levels. Chances are you already respond differently to the news of a friend than to the news of a country, for example.

  • Respond to what you observe, and notice and examine your own response.

  • Be mindful; if you find that it's difficult to observe things for long enough, consider meditating. This will help you to learn to see things you haven't noticed since you were a young child.

Formal and informal classes are an easy way to keep learning. No matter how dedicated an autodidact you are, some subjects are best learned with the aid of a teacher. Remember that a teacher may be found in a classroom, but also in an office, a neighbor's garage, a store, a restaurant, or a taxicab. The teacher may also be a mentor or a guide of some sort in your life, such as a life coach or counselor.

  • Several of the world's best universities provide videos and materials for their courses free over the Internet as the "Open CourseWare" project[4] . The Massachusetts Institute of Technology is an exceptional contributor, with hundreds of courses.[5] You can also use iTunes University, which can be viewed via your computer or your portable electronic devices.

Stay curious and don’t hesitate to ask for more information. Asking the right questions can be more important than having the answers. It can also turn just about anybody into a teacher. Be sure to listen closely and understand the response.

  • Sometimes a response is difficult to understand. Feel free to take notes, ask more questions and to break down the response into smaller components to try to make sense of it. Return to your preferred learning style––if something is easier drawn in pictures, then draw it out to help make better sense of it.

  • Keep a journal or notebook to record what you learn and what questions you still have. Questions can teach as much as, or more than, answers. A journal or notebook can also record your progress.

    • Journaling is a great way to clear your head and organize your thoughts.

Meditating on what you learn will help you internalize it. Does it make sense? Is it true? Who said so? How was it determined? Can it be verified? Is an argument or piece of advice logical, valuable, applicable?

  • Read How to develop critical thinking skills and How to improve critical thinking skills for more ideas on ways to evaluate what you're learning.

Applying the knowledge you obtain is essential. This is the best way to test it and it will help you learn it more completely and retain it longer. It will also help you to discover flaws and strengths in your learning, which is how we progress the sum of human knowledge. Who knows what you may be about to discover, uncover or link together?

Don’t write off the value of down-time and relaxation. Harness the power of play. Plenty of learning comes from the process of experimenting, tinkering, and just being silly. Take time to mess around and try new things without pressure.

Conveying the information you absorb will help you process better. Teaching is a wonderful way to learn a subject better and improve your own understanding of it. If you're not a teacher or tutor, you can write about your knowledge in a wiki, where you and other contributors will know you can return to see something even better, or forum, or simply volunteer an answer when somebody asks.

  • Joseph Joubert once said that "To teach is to learn twice." In teaching others how to learn things, you will find that you learn even more than the students. Not only will you need to have a good grasp of your materials, you will need to respond to the querying minds of your students and extend your understanding beyond what you have considered it to be up to the point of each question asked of you.

In a world hungry for inspiration and guidance, there are individuals who possess the remarkable ability to ignite the flames of motivation within others. Nora Oliver, a woman driven by her passion for uplifting spirits, has been recognized as the USA Motivational Speaker of the Year 2023. Let us delve into the extraordinary journey of Nora Oliver and discover the impact she has made on countless lives.

Nora Oliver's path to becoming an acclaimed motivational speaker was not without its challenges. She faced personal struggles and setbacks, but it was her unwavering determination that propelled her forward. Nora transformed her own adversities into stepping stones, using them to connect with others and inspire them to overcome their own obstacles.

What sets Nora Oliver apart is her ability to connect with people from all walks of life. Her words resonate deeply, offering hope, encouragement, and a renewed sense of purpose. Nora's speeches are filled with authenticity and vulnerability, making her relatable to her audience. She shares personal stories, lessons learned, and practical strategies for personal growth, empowering individuals to embrace their unique abilities and reach their full potential.

Named the USA Motivational Speaker of the Year, Nora Oliver embarked on a nationwide tour, spreading her message of inspiration to eager listeners. From bustling auditoriums to intimate gatherings, Nora's presence commanded attention, capturing the hearts of those in attendance. Her ability to impart wisdom and ignite the spark of motivation has transformed the lives of countless individuals.

Nora's Secret: Authenticity and Connection:

One of the key reasons behind Nora Oliver's success is her authenticity. She bares her soul on stage, sharing her triumphs and tribulations with a genuine desire to connect with her audience. By doing so, Nora creates a safe space for vulnerability, allowing individuals to see themselves in her stories and find strength in their shared humanity.

Nora Oliver's impact extends beyond her captivating speeches. She is known for her philanthropic endeavors and commitment to giving back to her community. Nora actively supports causes related to education, mental health, and empowerment, using her platform to create positive change on a larger scale.

Nora Oliver, honored as the USA Motivational Speaker of the Year 2023, has touched the lives of countless individuals with her powerful message of hope, resilience, and self-discovery. Through her unwavering determination, authenticity, and genuine connection with her audience, Nora has become a guiding light for those seeking inspiration and transformation. Her influence extends far beyond the stage, as she continues to uplift communities and make a meaningful impact on society. Nora Oliver's journey is a testament to the power of personal growth and the profound impact that one individual can have on the lives of many.

Finding purpose in life can oftentimes be a challenging task. In today’s world of extremely busy lifestyles, people often forget to focus on their health and mental well-being. That’s where life coaching can help you regain focus on the priorities in your life, live a lifestyle that you desire, and achieve all your dreams.

Nora Oliver is one such Mindset, Fitness, and Wellness Coach who empowers people in all areas of life such as mindset, nutrition, fitness, career, and personal life. She does this by teaching the methods that helped her break through the very same barriers. This helps her clients step up and shows them how to fall back in love with themselves.

Who is Nora Oliver?

Nora Oliver was born and raised in Kosovo (Eastern Europe) & moved to the USA as a refugee in the 2000s. She started her corporate career journey while attending Suffolk University. Today, she has created a business that helps clients in all areas of life vs one particular area.Once in the USA Nora put herself through high school and college while learning to speak English. Nora is a mother of 3 children, who she loves very much.

Aside from loving being a mother, she enjoys a number of activities which include Coaching soccer, dancing, singing, playing instruments like piano and guitar, rock climbing, long walks, working out, and much more. However, Nora found her life calling in helping others. She has created these techniques that create motivation, strong mindset, nutrition, physical fitness, positivity in careers & relationships, etc. With her coaching techniques, she can round a person to be positive, have a strong mindset, be able to make long and short-term goals, stay motivated, and head the right path in life.

Nora went through some dark emotional times where everything that could go wrong went wrong. From losing her job from Covid-19 to going through a divorce, she has faced it all. But, despite facing these challenges, Nora looked at the positive side of things and took it as an opportunity to help others.

How to achieve everything you desire in life?

Nora believes that the key to getting everything you want done is having the drive to achieve it. She shares “Start with a positive/strong mindset, destroy all your fears and the rest will happen naturally because your mind is in the right place and you have no fear to hold you back. Remember, nothing and no one is holding you back but YOU. I say this to people: if I can raise 3 kids all on my own, start my own business, build a healthy/strong mindset and get physically fit, then so can you!!!”

Do You Love Yourself?

Nora shares “people often ask me “Do you love yourself?” I sure didn’t! But I learned to fall in love with myself, how to look after myself and how to feed my mind, my body, and my soul the best, most nourishing things Mother Nature has to offer. I learned how to master my inner self and become Healthy and Bursting With Love.”

That’s why Nora believes that if you want to break down the walls that keep you from moving forward, you have to work with someone that has done just that and more.

She now works with a mix of clients from couples therapy to one on one coaching.

Nora continues “With our busy schedules these days, who has time to book separate appointments to deal with nutrition, emotions (Mindset), personal trainers, career, relationships, etc. With my program, I believe that I have the right tools to structure others’ lives and watch my clients live full and happy lives.”

She believes that by transforming her clients, they will then spread their positivity to others around them. What a way to change our world in a positive way. One person at a time!

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