There's a great quote from Albert Einstein (all his quotes are great)! "Once we stop learning, we start dying."
Well we really do die a little every day. So, what did Einstein really mean? He wants to remind us about the art and craft of being restless.
Denise Park, psychological scientist at the University of Texas at Dallas underlines the restless quality. It seems that doing pleasant things as you get older, like listening to classical music, or completing word puzzles isn't enough.
Those who were in social situations and were confronted with continuous and prolonged mental challenges showed the real improvement in memory and overall health.
There's lots of focus on physical exercise and that's fine. I'm suggesting that you begin to spend time every week to learn something new. Become a lifelong learner.
Life learning was trendy in the '80's and then it kind of fell off the radar as the internet was introduced and then twitter showed up to make us think short and simple.
The case for life learning is right in front of you, everywhere and every day. You can't rely on job permanence, you can't even rely on the permanence of your industry.
Transferable skills are needed now more than ever. Our economy is moving increasingly towards short term and part time. Flexibility is required. You need to be agile, accept that things change, and be super flexible.
Always, yes always be learning something new and keep seeking more knowledge, especially out of your preferred comfort zone.
Here's an exercise to do every month. Find a book or magazine that totally disinterests you. Love fine art? Great get a book about motorcycles. Or better yet, get a test ride on a Harley. Love spectator sports? Cross it off you list for a month and go to a ballet or opera.
Get the point?
Do something that is so opposite of what you like it could be cringe worthy. And stay with it to see what you can learn.
This way you can learn a wide variety of things, not just those that appeal to you.
I'm not talking about being "well educated." I'm talking about exploring and seeking new experiences.
Join a group that looks like it's way far out of your comfort zone and stay for the whole weekend. You may need to sit near the entrance door just in case you want to run out. That's okay too. Just give it a shot. Yoga too fluffy? NASCAR to noisy? Horseback riding too bumpy? Do it anyway.
And travel. Anywhere. Take a trip to your inner city or get out to the suburbs. You don't have to go across an ocean to find new and different. There's new and different maybe, oh twenty miles from where you live.
Here is the trap. Life moves so fast that the danger is becoming obsolete. If you want to remain relevant you need to work at it. You can't rest on your laurels.
I'll say it again. The more you do all the odd and crazy things that are out there to explore, the more you will find a whole new way to use your skills. Transferable skills are the most marketable aspect of a resume today.
If you are a Millennial, you already know this. Per a survey conducted by Manpower in 2016, more than 93% of those who fit the millennial age range are willing to spend their own money for further training. Smart thinking.
Here's what Einstein is saying. Remain relevant to be valuable. And here's what I'm adding, you'll stay younger and healthier for longer and longer.