“I have no special talent, I am only passionately curious.” – Albert Einstein
That’s probably the only thing I have in common with Einstein. I’m curious as hell. About everything. If I hear something for the first time, I’ll ask questions, multiple questions, or google it, and eventually find a way to get the information I’m looking for.
People often think that education is solely meant for children in school. If you’re an adult, opportunities for learning seem minimal next to what our kids learn every day. But that’s literally so far from the truth. Life offers us wonderful opportunities to learn every single day. And you know what? Keeping your brain active helps you fight brain ageing and is actually proven to make people happy. The beauty of living in this Information Age is that you can get any information you want for free over the Internet. So there’s really no excuse to stay foolish.
How you can learn every day:
- Watch some TED talks: I know I’ve written a full post about my obsession with TED talks. If you still haven’t watched a couple of the videos I suggested, please do! It’s such a fun and easy way to open up your mind to new ways of thinking and to learn from interesting individuals all around the world.
- Instagram: It’s not just for selfies. You can actually learn bits and pieces and draw inspiration from visually creative accounts. Of course, all depends on who you follow. Search for things that you’re interested in, and follow worthy accounts to get the most out of this social media tool. Science, nature, technology, those are just some examples.
- Audiobooks: A lot of us don’t have time to read anymore. Unless of course you’re reading my blog, duh. And a lot of us spend at least 30 minutes commuting to work every day. So why not use this time wisely and entertain yourself at the same time? I got introduced to audio books a few years ago and I’ve been hooked ever since. I suggest you start out with something like The Four Hour Work Week by Tim Ferriss. Audible.com has over 150,000 audiobooks waiting for you to listen to.
- Pursue higher education:What I hate about university is that you’re forced at such a young age to decide on a degree, and on basically the path of your future career, when you actually have no clue as to what truly interests you. Higher education, like an MBA, or EMBA, or any other certification program, allows you to develop the skills you truly want to focus on, at a point in your life when you actually know yourself better! I’m personally currently completing an EMBA at ESA Business School in Beirut, in partnership with ESCP Europe, the oldest Business School in the World. Not only have I developed savvy entrepreneurial skills, but I’ve met fascinating and brilliant professionals.
- Read a good old regular book: There’s nothing I love more than the smell of a book. Holding a book in your hands and transporting yourself to another place for just a couple of hours is truly a gift. Personally I sometimes like to delve into a fiction novel, and other times I like to read a practical business book. I’m currently reading 7 Habits of Highly Effective People and it’s a real eye opener. I suggest it to anyone who hasn’t read it yet.
“You learn something every day if you pay attention.” – Ray LeBlond