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You Must Be a Lifelong Learner

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Knowledge and new skills change you and the best way to keep such change constant is through lifelong learning.

Lifelong learners are motivated to do it due to various reasons. First, most people associate learning with formal education.

Education a fundamental right, yet millions of children and adolescents don’t have access to education. At the same time, millions of adults, most of them women, are illiterate. Inaccessibility to the right of education impairs those people from improving their living conditions. But it doesn’t mean that they can’t learn new skills. These people can get access to education, vocational or formal in a period of life other than school age.

Second, one can never say: Now I know enough!
Don’t get this comfortable. Change is a constant and you need to evolve too to keep pace with new technologies, phenomena, and mindsets.

Third, learning doesn’t always happen within a school or classroom. Every opportunity that provides people with new skills is a learning environment. From a craftsman workshop to online training, learning opportunities come in many informal ways.
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Before investing in a better world you need to invest in yourself. Prioritize learning.

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  1. I am a true believer that learning stops only when our breathe stops forever.

    I know several women who were the victims of discrimination and hence could not be educated academically, but this developed them beautifully in other sectors like artistic talents.

    It has been well said that the one who says she/he knows all is actually a fool.

  2. As striving change makers; we need to develop a passion for learning. If we do, we will never cease to grow. An investment in knowledge pays the best interest and we are able to change the community around us as well. Thank you for sharing this and the sustainability training are my best.

  3. Thats so true : ” Before investing in a better world you need to invest in yourself. Prioritize learning. ”

    Invest in learning is fundamental.

  4. We must all be a LIFE LONG LEARNER! We must daily embrace learning and seek for opportunity to improve our skill on a daily basis.My Project ”Project Save Nigeria Technical College is seeking for opportunity to improve Vocational and Technical Education in Nigeria.

  5. Hi, I am entrepreneur essien from Nigeria, I want all friend and campus members to know that Fritz Fleischmann says that The nature of being an entrepreneur means that you fully embrace ambiguity and are comfortable with being challenged regularly. Especially when having to go out for startup fundraising. Choosing this career path is completely irrational because the odds of succeeding are dismal, but most succeed because of their unwavering belief, laser focus on delivering and persistence. This is something that we see constantly at CoFoundersLab company I lead, which is one of the largest networks for entrepreneurs.

    Starting a company is a riveting roller coaster of emotions with tremendous highs and at times, difficult lows, but one thing that always helps me through the ups and downs is to connect with some of the greatest minds. Below are just a few of my favorite quotes

    1. The best way to predict the future is to create it.

    Peter Drucker

    2. Winners never quit and quitters never win.

    Vince Lombardi

    Please I urge campus members to triggers my comments to ALL in their regions Vote me 16245, bye

    • Hi, Inyang! I read through your comment and I was my mind was blown (more than Davido was). You appear to be a well read man with a lot of experience. Infact, I must tell you that I will love to work with you in the future.

      Goodluck Raphael,
      Founder, Swanky
      Nigeria.

  6. This article but speaks my mind about learning. We learn every day and the only way we need to equip ourselves to keep pace with the world’s changing technological advancement is through constant learning. I could remember I posted an article on this about how one can learn from peers, on social media, online, from collaborations and the likes. Learning is very necessary to keep striving for skill advancements and career growth.

  7. I agree with this article learning will never end and it will not only happen in the classroom but even out side, and in life one can only go ahead if the never stop learning and with Regina its true we should have passion in this and be lifelong learning learner.

  8. With advances in technology, it’s never been easier for curious individuals to learn whatever they want whenever they want. You no longer have to wait five months for a conference or a whole year for a book release. You can learn something new right now online, often for free. This type of learning can be just as useful as more traditional methods.

    • @fisea
      Don’t go far. Just see how much learning has taken place on this campus. We have all the knowledge an entrepreneur needs to make remarkable changes in our lives and those of others

      • I don;t think we have all the knowledge an entrepreneur needs. Each day we should focus on learning more and more. [lifelong-learner for ever (*_*)]

  9. Today’s lifelong learners are lucky to live in this day and age where these types of on-demand services are becoming available for all areas of life! How cool to be able to fit your learning into your busy life in a way that works for you.
    Ioannis Emmanouil Kosmadakis
    Founder & Chief Troublemaker of ‘fisea – Book your Fishing Holidays’

  10. I agree because according to me knowledge is not related to age. If we take learning as our best hobby than how can we stop learning at same stage of our life. I don’t think so. Hobby is the thing that we can do the day long without tiredness. Learning for me is a hobby and every one should take it as…

    • @iramafzal
      Learning truly is an everyday thing. We can learn formally, as in classes, informally as in from clan elders or non formally as in you are on your own doing regular stuff them you come upon a realisation.

  11. and one more thing don’t learn any thing just because you want a job or successful career. For me the one who just loves to learn something and do it lifelong’ not because he/she wants job but they love it. Success will run behind them. Not they have to run behind success.

  12. Learning is interesting. Traditional teachers used to teach. Now we focus on the kids and thus we look for learning activities. Nowadays, after the formal school programs, they say learning is yet to begin. All that we do outside classroom are learning activities.

    Knowledge is vast. Learning is endless.

  13. Hello
    Thanks for your support
    It been a while I just voted for you,pls vote for me too. Happy new month. The end is now nearer than before. Best wishes from s.b super insecticide

    Warm regards

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  14. No one should ever consider that they know everything, this stops your process of learning new things in life. There are still children in many countries are not getting the advantage of Education. We need to find ways to help the, I have already adopted one child as Education supporter. I encourage more and more people to do this.

  15. Function, not Convention
    Many of our examples demonstrate the entrepreneurs’ independent spirit above all. They are either
    free from, or are able to shake off convention. Conversely, this means there is promise of success if I
    regard everything I find in place as convention, at least until the opposite has been proven. I examine
    the processes without being intimidated and ask myself whether those things that were still thought to
    be reasonable in the past can now be organized more simply using modern methods. I don’t settle for
    making a service or product a little cheaper, better, more efficient, smarter or more environmentally
    friendly, but instead I challenge the entire process, that is, I start to fundamentally rethink how it would
    be possible to organize the functions under current conditions.

  16. When someone ‘Googled’ the phrase “What is a lifelong learner” he/she will found this statement, which I believe is a fair reflection of what a lifelong learner is: “the ongoing, voluntary, and self-motivated pursuit of knowledge for either personal or professional reasons”.

  17. Learning is a constant process. There is an ancient saying ” from rocker till your last breath should learn”. Learn, it keeps you simple, humble and finds the true meaning of life. And that is gratitude, keeps you motivated and more importantly give the courage to believe in your abilities.

  18. We must all be a LIFE LONG LEARNER! We must daily embrace learning and seek for opportunity to improve our skill on a daily basis.My Project ”Project Save Nigeria Technical College is seeking for opportunity to improve Vocational and Technical Education

  19. WE NOW ACCEPT THE FACT THAT LEARNING IS A LIFELONG PROCESS OF KEEPING ABREAST OF CHANGE. AND THE MOST PRESSING TASK IS TO TEACH PEOPLE HOW TO LEARN.”
    – Peter Drucker

    Learning has no end!

  20. entrepreneur essien from Nigeria advice campus members to embrace this treasure below 8 Habits for Success:

    1) Read everyday
    2) Focus on high-level tasks
    3) Make your health a priority
    4) Learn from people you admire
    5) Plan your day the night before
    6) Keep your goals in front of you
    7) Take action, even when it’s scary
    8) Have a powerful & inspiring “Why”
    —-Adapted from Time Book Life + The Grow Prosper.

  21. 5 Habits for Success:

    1) Read everyday
    2) Focus on high-level tasks
    3) Make your health a priority
    4) Learn from people you admire
    5) Plan your day the night before

  22. “Thinking is to man what flying is to birds. Don’t follow the example of a chicken when you could be a lark.” – Albert Einstein, 1951.

    to change the world we need to change ourselves

  23. “All we can thus far say about the duration of the units of [the business cycle] and each of [its] two phases is that it will depend on the nature of the particular innovations that carry a cycle,… and the financial conditions and habits prevailing in the business community in each case.”
    — Joseph A. Schumpeter

  24. I believe that if every single day, I learn only one new thing and think of one new creativity, I can be anything I want by the end of my life time, because I experienced that university education will end, but life education will keep coming every new day.

  25. “The three most important things for a better future for me would be reduced economic inequalities within and between communities and countries, drastic decline in diseases such as malaria, cholera and HIV in developing countries and quality/affordable basic education for all children up until the tertiary level. I believe that if the world will truly become sustainable firstly we need to educate and equip as many people as possible in a short period of time. I believe that quality education will birth solutions that will unlock other Sustainable goals.”

    – Olabanji Jackson-oke, Nigeria

  26. When College students finish their exam, the popular talk is “As for me, this holiday, I am not even going to read a sign board”. It then begs the question, how do we change this mindset of thinking that we only read when we are in school?

    Goodluck Raphael,
    Nigeria.

  27. Entrepreneurship can be a tough path–and a long, grueling one. Littered with false starts and failures, it tends to trigger a rollercoaster of emotions: excitement, despair, determination, and confusion, to name a few.

    Because it’s so rarely linear (just try to find a successful entrepreneur who hasn’t fallen flat on his or her face at some point), the thing is requires more than anything is stamina: You’ve got to be able to keep going even when you don’t feel like it, and draw on deep reserves of energy to go to the distance.

    Need a little help filling that well? Here’s some inspiration from those who’ve come before, to help you get to where you want to be:

    1. “Don’t be intimidated by what you don’t know. That can be your greatest strength and ensure that you do things differently from everyone else.” – Sara Blakely

    2. “A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.” – Albert Einstein

    3. “The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short, but in setting our aim too low and achieving our mark.” – Michelangelo

    4. “Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice.” – Steve Jobs

    5. “Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.” – Mark Twain

    6. “Age is something that doesn’t matter, unless you are a cheese.” – Billie Burke

    7. “Find the smartest people you can and surround yourself with them.” – Marissa Meyer

    8. “One of the most important things I have learned is that businesses don’t fail, entrepreneurs give up. Now sometimes, giving up is the right decision. But usually you just need to dig in and figure out how to make things better. Remember: Every day is a new opportunity to get up and do it better than yesterday!” – Adda Birnir

    9. “Be patient with yourself. Self-growth is tender, it’s holy ground. There’s no greater investment.” – Stephen Covey

    10. “The secret of getting ahead is getting started.” – Sally Berger

    11. “Achievement seems to be connected with action. Successful men and women keep moving. They make mistakes but they don’t quit.” – Conrad Hilton (founder of Hilton Hotels)

    12. “There is only one way to avoid criticism: Do nothing, say nothing, and be nothing.” – Aristotle

    13. “Take criticism seriously, but not personally.” – Hillary Clinton

    14. “My best advice to entrepreneurs is this: Forget about making mistakes, just do it.” – Ajaero Tony Martins

    15. “Failure is just a resting place. It is an opportunity to begin again more intelligently.” – Henry Ford

    16. “If you obey all the rules, you miss all the fun.” – Katharine Hepburn

    17. “It’s not about money or connections. It’s the willingness to outwork and outlearn everyone when it comes to your business.” – Mark Cuban

    18. “If Plan A doesn’t work, the alphabet has 25 more letters.” – Claire Cook

    19. “The most effective way to do it, is to do it.” – Amelia Earhart

    20. “Strive for authenticity over perfection.” – Sheryl Sandberg

    21. “What good is an idea if it remains an idea? Try. Experiment. Iterate. Fail. Try again. Change the world.” – Simon Sinek

    22. “Stop wearing your wishbone where your backbone ought to be.” – Elizabeth Gilbert

    23. “I stand up on my desk to remind myself that we must constantly look at things in a different way.” – Robin Williams

    24. “I hated every minute of training, but I said, ‘Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.'” – Muhammad Ali

    25. “If you’re going through hell, keep going.” – Winston Churchill

    26. “The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.” – Ayn Rand

    27. “Don’t look at your feet to see if you are doing it right. Just dance.” – Anne Lamott

    28. “Don’t compromise yourself. You are all you’ve got.” – Janis Joplin

    29. “There is only one success: to be able to spend your life in your own way.” – Christopher Morley

    30. “If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping in a room with a mosquito.” – Lisa Lieberman-Wang

    31. “It’s more fun to be a pirate than to join the navy.” – Steve Jobs

    32. “Remember why you started.” – Anonymous

    33. “Screw it, let’s do it.” – Richard Branson

  28. The right quote at the right time can often provide deeper meaning and perception just when you need it most.

    A perfectly worded quip can impart wisdom and wit. It can tug at your heartstrings or be a bolt of lightning to awaken and invigorate your mind. A good quote can give you a lens through which to view a difficult situation or provide a ray of light in a dark time.

    Here’s a compilation of inspiring quotes from people whose observations and intuitions continue to lift us all.

    1. “My biggest motivation? Just to keep challenging myself. I see life almost like one long university education that I never had — every day I’m learning something new.” — Richard Branson

    2. “Genius is 1 percent inspiration, and 99 percent perspiration.” — Thomas Edison

    3. “Every time you state what you want or believe, you’re the first to hear it. It’s a message to both you and others about what you think is possible. Don’t put a ceiling on yourself.” — Oprah Winfrey

    Related: Top 10 Online Book Clubs For Entrepreneurial Inspiration

    4. “Fear is the disease. Hustle is the antidote.” — Travis Kalanick

    5. “If you’re offered a seat on a rocket ship, don’t ask what seat! Just get on.” — Sheryl Sandberg

    6. “Timing, perseverance, and ten years of trying will eventually make you look like an overnight success.” — Biz Stone

    7. “It’s fine to celebrate success but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure.” — Bill Gates

    8. “Dreaming, after all, is a form of planning.” — Gloria Steinem

    9. “The question I ask myself almost every day is, ‘Am I doing the most important thing I could be doing?’” — Mark Zuckerberg

    10. “You take your life in your own hands, and what happens? A terrible thing, no one to blame.” — Erica Jong

    11. “A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.” — Albert Einstein

    12. “Success is walking from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.” — Winston Churchill

    13. “The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.” — Walt Disney

    14. “When one door of happiness closes, another opens, but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one that has been opened for us.” — Helen Keller

    15. “Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.” — Albert Schweitzer

    16. “Successful and unsuccessful people do not vary greatly in their abilities. They vary in their desires to reach their potential.” — John Maxwell

    17. “It’s hard to do a really good job on anything you don’t think about in the shower.” — Paul Graham

    18. “Every strike brings me closer to the next home run.” — Babe Ruth

    19. “Without ambition one starts nothing. Without work one finishes nothing. The prize will not be sent to you. You have to win it.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson

    20. “Build your own dreams, or someone else will hire you to build theirs.” — Farrah Gray

    21. “If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses.” — Henry Ford

    22. “The entrepreneur is essentially a visualizer and actualizer. He can visualize something, and when he visualizes it he sees exactly how to make it happen.” — Robert L. Schwartz

    23. “I’m convinced that about half of what separates the successful entrepreneurs from the non-successful ones is pure perseverance.” — Steve Jobs

    24. “What’s money? A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and goes to bed at night and in between does what he wants to do.” — Bob Dylan

    25. “Formal education will make you a living; self-education will make you a fortune.” — Jim Rohn

  29. CEO: Tesla and Spacex

    Bold move: All of them

    There’s no denying that Elon Musk is a visionary. But there’s also no denying that he’s got room for improvement. Tesla is a well-publicized mess — behind on production, abandoned by its executives and embroiled in an SEC investigation. Musk, too, often appears to be a mess — increasingly erratic on Twitter, lurching from one PR crisis to the next. But in 2018, his company SpaceX launched and landed a giant rocket (and then booked the first passenger for a trip around the moon), his hyperloop technology scored a contract with the city of Chicago and his battery-making Gigafactory hit new strides. So is he a model to follow? “Beyond Musk’s undoubtable genius and grit, it takes a heavy dose of hubris to devote one’s life to pioneer technologies that promote the Earth’s sustainability, while simultaneously creating an intergalactic escape hatch if we collectively fail to save the planet,” says Leonard Sherman, a professor of business at Columbia University. “In keeping with the breathtaking ambition of his quest, Musk has certainly suffered many personal and technical setbacks along the way. But despite it all, entrepreneurs should remember Steve Jobs’ words. Bold, daring entrepreneurship is messy. It’s complex. But the crazy ones will get shit done.” But other experts think he’s more of a cautionary tale. Peter Cohan, lecturer of strategy at Babson College, urges entrepreneurs to learn from Musk’s mistakes. “The lessons that entrepreneurs should take from Elon Musk are clear: Put the highest priority on what is best for your company’s customers, employees, partners and investors. To do that, you must look at your strengths and weaknesses objectively. If you are not good at a skill that’s critical to deliver what stakeholders expect — now and in the future — you should partner with an executive who is. For all of Musk’s ambition and achievements, he seems unable or unwilling to do this.” Still not sure?

  30. Mother Teresa was an inspiration to countless millions for her lifelong devotion to the neediest and most vulnerable of the world. The selflessness and sacrifice with which she lived her own life made her an international symbol of charitable work, and the love and compassion she showed the destitute of all faiths won her a Nobel Peace Prize in 1979, which she donated entirely to the poor.

  31. Henry Dunant Quotes and Sayings

    “I was a mere tourist with no part whatever in this great conflict; but it was my rare privilege, through an unusual train of circumstances, to witness the moving scenes that I have resolved to describe. In these pages I give only my personal impressions; so my readers should not look here for specific details, nor for information on strategic matters; these things have their place in other writings.”
    — Henry Dunant

    #Moving #Writing #Giving

    “Why could not advantage be taken of a time of relative calm and quiet to investigate and try to solve a question of such immense and worldwide importance, both from the humane and Christian standpoint?”
    Henry Dunant

    Christian Taken Trying

    “By Thy power, let there be peace, O God!”
    Henry Dunant

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