Learning is a constant in life. It keeps us moving forward and helps us take on opportunities and challenges. Read why you should never stop learning.

You may have noticed things have been a bit quiet at Write Change Grow lately.  I have been posting less than normal.

Other than some health issues at the beginning of last week, I have also started a casual job.

When one of my girlfriends mentioned she needed a part-time receptionist at her husband’s business and asked if I was interested, I jumped at the opportunity.

The last two weeks have involved training as well as working for myself.

I had almost forgotten what it felt like being the new girl.

After seven years with my last employer, I was used to being the trainer – not the one in the training seat.

While being the new girl can be daunting, it has reminded me how important learning is. One of the main frustrations of my last position was that I felt like I wasn’t learning anymore.

I had reached a point where I felt like I was stagnating.

Here are my thoughts on why you should never stop learning.

Learning new skills opens you up to new opportunities

This new position will ensure I learn new skills, which can be used further down the track, particularly if I am looking for part-time reception work (which is a big percentage of the part-time/job share positions available).

In the end, it all helps for a more powerful resume.

I also get to work with some lovely people in the process. It’s a win/win situation.

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There is a lot to learn

Moving from secretarial work to working for myself from home has been in itself a massive learning curve.

Blogs are an ongoing learning process with technology and the Internet constantly changing. There is always something new to learn in the world of blogging.

Honestly, if there was such as thing as your brain exploding from trying to cram too much in, I’m sure there are days over the last couple of months, that my head could have exploded.

All joking aside, I thoroughly enjoy my current situation of learning and discovery.

One of the great ways to learn is through online courses. You can complete a course in the comfort of your own home, at your own pace. Read my post – 10 Best Online Courses for Personal Growth for a list of excellent courses that I have discovered online.

Learning keeps you sharp

Earlier I mentioned the problem of stagnation. Being in a job where you have stopped learning can be frustrating.

It is important to keep your mind sharp.

While being able to do your job on autopilot can come in handy on certain days, being challenged to stretch past your comfort zone is important.

Naturally, there are countless ways to learn new skills and information without starting a new job. Reading good quality writing, returning to study, learning a language, traveling to a new and different country are a few ideas.

My advice for people who have the Internet on their mobile phones is much simpler.

Put your mobile away when trying to remember or recall something. Although it is not learning exactly, sometimes pushing the mind to remember what it already knows can be a good thing.

All too often we don’t stop to think about an answer instead heading straight to Google to do the work for us.

Get your brain working, instead of relying solely on search engines. You are the search engine.

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Mistakes are lessons

No one particularly likes making mistakes.

Truth be told, this is how we learn some of our most powerful and meaningful lessons.  

These lessons may not feel particularly good at the time, so we sometimes fail to see their true value. Despite the pain they may cause, they do contribute to our overall learning.

Do you have something in particular that you would like to learn? Do you have a particular topic you are interested in? What actions can you take to up the ante on your learning?

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