Having a thirst for learning is one of the most critical assets anyone can have. Learn about the different motivations for developing a learning mindset.
- Now understanding your motivation for learning is critical, even more important than the techniques for learning. Without the motivation to keep going, any new learning opportunity is likely to be useless to you. In fact, in a world of constant change, a learning mindset is one of the greatest personal assets you can possibly have. Why? Because you can't possibly anticipate where life will take you in the future. Since many of us can't predict what kind of work we'll want to do in the future, that uncertainty means that we're going to need to be constantly adaptive.
And having a thirst for learning is one of the most critical assets each of us can possibly have. Let's talk about your motivation for wanting to develop a learning mindset. I can think of five different motivations. One, someone you know, it could be your supervisor or a job coach, told you that you needed to learn something for your work, for continuing education, or for some other purpose. Two, you have a goal such as aiming for a promotion or getting a new job, and there's a chunk of learning you need to do.
Three, you haven't had to learn much in recent years but suddenly your circumstances change like losing a job or getting passed over for a promotion and you've decided you have to learn something new. Four, you're worried that you're falling behind. This can be especially true with technology, which changes so fast it's hard for anyone to keep up, even people in the technology field. Or five, you want to learn something just for fun. So what's your motivation? What are your goals for learning? Take out a note card or a small piece of paper and write down your reason for wanting to learn something new.
Put that somewhere visible, at your desk or in your purse or your wallet. I'm hoping that motivation to learn comes from within you. That's the best possible impetus. If the motivation for learning doesn't come from inside you, your chances are pretty limited that you'll be able to keep going. Now some of us can actually go all the way through a learning experience simply because someone told us to, but I'm going to guess that's not ideal for you. So, if you want to understand how to increase your own motivation for learning and to gain some new techniques for following through on learning commitments to yourself, you're in the right place.