No matter what stage of life you’re in, it is vitally important that you make learning a priority. Whether you’re in high school, college, postgraduate school, or if you’re a productive member of the workforce, continuing to learn Every Single Day will help you. I promise. And not just what they teach you in school.
If you’re in high school, there is a whole wider world outside of your basic chemistry, geometry, history, and so on. Branching out will not only increase your brain power and help you converse with your teachers and classmates about things above and beyond what the class covers, it will almost certainly give you an idea of what you’d like to major in after you graduate.
If you’re in college, you might consider learning about subjects both in and out of your major. Subjects inside your major will, as I mentioned above, help you converse intelligently with your professors and with your fellow students, and pro-tip: they can help you come up with really great term paper ideas. Subjects outside your major will help you to be a more well-rounded person, increase your job marketability after college. Most importantly, they will give your brain a break from learning about the same subject day in and day out.
If you’re already in the workforce, you might think you’ve made it, and that your days of learning and studying are over. I think you’re wrong. Learning new skills and new subjects can help you to be better at the job you already have. This could do anything from making your life easier to impressing your boss into giving you a raise or promotion. It can also prepare you to make a transition into a different job field without having to cost an arm and a leg in time as well as money. In addition, staying informed about the world at large can help you be taken more seriously as a professional.
But let me break it down for you: you will certainly be a happier, healthier, more intelligent, and more professional human being.
Small caveat: if learning does not make you one or all of the aforementioned things, you’re doing it wrong. In all seriousness, if you take on a bigger load than you can handle, you will not reap the benefits of what you are studying. This is regardless of how excited you are about whatever it is that you’re learning. Believe me, I’ve been there. Please don’t do it. There are ways to learn out there for every possible schedule, from 5 minutes a day to multiple hours. It’s all up to you.
Now, with all that said, how can you NOT want to be a constant scholar?