Knowledge improvement is the motivation for self-education and personal/corporate policy awareness. Modern leadership and business advancement is built on proven knowledge and the more applicable knowledge you have, the better your chances for success. The world is presently being ruled through knowledge economy and to get a chunk of it, you must be vast in knowledge and experienced in using it to drive success.
Anyone eyeing success must keep educating themselves and the key to achieving this is through being a lifetime learner. Being a lifetime learner is being compulsive in the acquisition of knowledge based on internal motivations to be informed and the need to be externally relevant and becoming a key player in the larger society.
Warren Buffett has shown the way to be a lifetime learner to leaders around the world. He is acclaimed to be spending 80% of his time in reading several newspapers, journals and books daily. Once he was asked the secret of success, he said “Read 500 pages like this every day. That’s how knowledge works. It builds up, like compound interest. All of you can do it, but I guarantee not many of you will do it.”
Being a lifetime learner is not an occupation but a lifestyle. It is a lifestyle given birth to by choice, self-discipline and a determination to voluntarily acquire knowledge both for one’s good and that of society. Through learning, knowledge is acquired. The nature of knowledge and inventions are dynamic, and their application require adjustment from time to time.
The only way your knowledge can meet the needs of today and the future is when information acquired remains current, fresh, insightful and progressive. Being a lifetime learner will help you break away from the mistakes of the past and make success a successive endeavor.