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Assuming you are out of school, does continuing to learn matter to you? If so, what do you do to make sure it happens?

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"Education isn't something you can finish." Isaac Asimov

kmdskit3 Level 8 Jan 28, 2018

I didn't go to college until I was in my 40s but even today, if something interests me or makes me curious, I will research it until satisfied.

Lucy_Fehr Level 8 Jan 28, 2018

Read. Read. Read. Read. Watch science and history docs. Learn new languages (currently studying Arabic.) Challenge myself to learn ALL the time. I'm old(er) but I'm not DEAD.

BookDeath Level 8 Jan 28, 2018

I will always be learning, but not in organized classes anymore. I seek information through all available sources.

wordywalt Level 8 Jan 28, 2018

...continue to learn after skool....hmmmmm.... I didn't start to learn until I was out of skool.

Pooska Level 6 Jan 28, 2018

Yes, I step outside my room. There is a whole world to explore on a daily basis. Earth is a Large Lab.


Yes. I’m a teacher.


I am fully committed to lifelong learning. I will never know it all. Things change, things get forgotten, learning takes care of both. The first step in becoming a lifelong learner is learning how to learn. Developing a sense of curiosity about the world also helps. Don't just accept that something exists. Examine it, question why, how and what causes it to be so. What are the relationships between things. Experience is a great teacher. Adults learn best through experience. Try it, be it. Become one with it. If you really want to live, then become a student of life.

Dwight Level 7 Jan 28, 2018

Bingo! And funnily enough, life becomes much more interesting and exciting. It's a bonus.


Read...and then read some more! Then I got to a point, that I didn't devour books and articles, anymore. But, I believe all that reading helped me in ways that I can't describe. I read a book now and again, but not like the past. Also, in my case, I only read non-fiction.

My mother was still devouring a book a day at the age of 94 but she didn't go on the internet.


I work in technology so I am constantly learning, my employer pays for at least one class per year in something related to my job, and I have a homelab that I play in to test out new systems and configurations.

I am also going to school again, pursuing a bachelors degree in Applied Technical Leadership with a minor in CyberSecurity. It is going to take years still to finish but I am over half way through.

icolan Level 7 Jan 28, 2018

yes, people should never stop learning. i do it by talking with people that are plugged in, like much of the folks on here, and being in groups and sites like science daily, or the latest on you tube, i joined groups for sam harris, lawrence krauss , etc. that always have the latest scientific and social issues .


Its a TRAP! Lifelong education and self improvement only makes you realise that you are surrounded by morons who ruin everything because of their ignorance. Whats more, these morons will hate you because being smart is like being evil to them. You will end up drunk and nihilist and suffering in mental agony.
choose dumb, be stupid, get a head injury. Ignorance is bliss

JiunnWong Level 5 Jan 28, 2018

Tolstoy's paraphrased wisdom of "the successful man or women is the one who never put their head above the parapet".

Crap please acquaint yourself with -


Man - you're such a downer.

Ignorance is not bliss. Ignorance is simply ignorance. Never CHOOSE to be stupid.

@BookDeath actually, there are studies that show a simple lifestyle with religion is the key to long and happy life

@FrayedBear much wisdom xD

@FrayedBear Fascinating! Great definition of stupid, and it absolutely explains things like why some people vote against their own interests. I've stolen the graphic for later reminder. smile001.gif

@JiunnWong then I will be happy to die young and bitter. Which given my current age should probably be tomorrow. Crap, I've got so much to get done!


I didn't finish school, so it was important to take on a lot of learning later in life, I told myself I have done enough study, I never want to do it again. Today I withdrew at the last minute from a uni course in cyber security management, thankfully I realised it was mostly academic rather than real world.

Rugglesby Level 8 Jan 28, 2018

Sounds like the best of lessons @Rugglesby


It's kinda funny.. If I were to go to college, at this point it would be both redundant but completely free.

josh23452 Level 7 Jan 28, 2018

I am an Instructional Designer. If you are not familiar with this career - think about Corporate Training, Corporate Trainers, and Corporate online courses. Someone has to create all that shit. that's what I do. (I won't bore you with details, unless you ask.)

That said, I am somewhat knowledgeable in Adult Learning Theory.
Yes, people should want to be motivated to learn more. Being able to perform your job effectively is certainly good motivation, which gives me a slight advantage when creating courses. ("Learn this job or you will do it incorrectly and maybe get fired," is good motivation. Just sayin'.)

However, we Instructional Designers do much more to motivate and engage, because the aforementioned job effectiveness is not always enough to change behavior. I'm good at what I do because I can (usually) engage my learners and help them retain required information and manage change.

But I have also come to this conclusion: For the most part, no one avoids learning. In our daily activities, most of us learn something regardless of whether or not we set out to do so. The learning may not be significant, but it occurs. Some of you have given great examples. But learning occurs in so many ways. For example: None of you reading this can claim that you didn't learn something about me, today (like, boy, this guy thinks a lot of himself).

MrLizard Level 8 Jan 28, 2018

Kudos to you and glad you are there to help those who don't fundamentally understand why they should be learning. Personally I need no such motivation. I work in the Salesforce world and no one will ever know everything about that platform -- there are always new techie tricks to learn and new cool ways to help people get their work done. And on other fronts, I love love love learning more about astronomy, archeology and its related disciplines, evolution, and many other things. I read some fiction but am much more happy trying to absorb what we know about where we really came from.

@chicagojcb I used to have a coworker who was expert on Salesforce. I wonder what happened to her...


I learn ALL the time. I love learning, I'm not so good with studying. I read about 50 books a year of various types. I read websites, I follow several blogs. I talk with people and learn from them. Learning is good, learning is normal. We assess new information all the time and learn from it. I don't understand how people cannot learn. It is wired into us as humans.


"Live and learn. Or you don't live long." - Robert Heinlein


There are soooooo many ways to continue learning after official schooling is over, but I think the common thread of all types of learning is exposure to new things. Here is a personal example:

A few years ago some electrical outlets stopped working in my house. I decided to not call an electrician, and just watched a bunch of "how to" YouTube videos. I was able to fix the problem! I attempted to do the same thing when I had an electrical problem with my Jeep, but I was unsuccessful. After a while I ended up joining a meet up group, and those folks were extremely helpful - I fixed my jeep! Now I do all kinds of electrical and electronics work on my own, and I have friends (from the meetup) that I never would have met. Don't get me wrong, I'm not a professional, but I have learned a lot, and I continue to learn.


Learning never stops....unless your brain only repeats what others tell you and you don't analyze the info. received.
Attending conferences, taking those classes you never had the time for while working. Discussing and reasoning every bit of info, that falls on your hands.
My students knew they have to come to class with answers that were discussed among themselves several times over.

DUCHESSA Level 8 Jan 28, 2018

I grew up in a crap town with crap schools.
They only put emphasis on sports and very little on knowledge. A lot of our textbooks were grossly outdated. Most of the stuff I know today, I learned in the years after I left school.
I learned from other people, by watching documentaries and by reading.
And what I learned I researched to make sure the information was accurate or in line with scientific understanding.

NeoXerops Level 6 Jan 28, 2018

No, no crap schools but crap teachers.

@DUCHESSA Where I grew up, the schools were garbage too. We had nothing. We didn't even have any classes like band, art, etc.


Learning stuff is my favorite activity. The only problem is trying to fit what I want to learn into the official "continued education" bureaucracy's bullshit (mostly so that they can feel important) criteria.

marmot84 Level 7 Jan 28, 2018

Yes, I google things.

Meandi Level 3 Jan 28, 2018

I hope you also have learned to be a critical thinker, since google serves up facts and crap with equal abandon. If you haven't read it, I highly recommend Carl Sagan's "Demon-Haunted World" which among other things gives people a Baloney Detection Kit (Dr Sagan did not have the foul mouth I have). Enjoy!


Continuing to learn in my life matters greatly to me. I love reading good books, listening to classical music, keeping up on the politics of the day, learning new things, etc. I can't think of anything more important than keeping your mind open to learning new things.

ashley44 Level 7 Jan 28, 2018

Continued learning is absolutely essential in my field of software engineering. Not only does technology advance, but what people expect from it changes. I have to change with that or I become irrelevant, and that requires learning.

"A day spent without learning something is a day wasted." – Anonymous


Absolutely! Youtube, audiobooks, and online access to articles make it too easy to pass up. You have to almost willfully stop learning.

AnnaBella Level 2 Jan 28, 2018
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