As human beings, we have a built-in desire to learn and expand our knowledge in order to grow and develop. The type of reading may vary from person to person. Some people like to hear about what other people do – gossip – some like to read books about nature and others enjoy reading stories. We all have it and it is built inside.
As with all reading, some of the information available is helpful and some are not. Gossip and comments about the latest news will not improve your personality, and it will probably make you angry, sad, or happy, depending on your opinion.
While some knowledge, such as learning a new skill or a new language, can help you to grow mentally and provide you with skills that can lead to better job prospects and increase your income.
It is difficult for many people to find the motivation to study after completing our formal education. For example, I never enjoyed learning languages in school. Now, many years after leaving school, I find it difficult to encourage myself to learn the language of the country where I live, although doing so can greatly enhance my ability to make money and enable me to make new friends.
We are living in rapidly changing times. The work we do today is in danger of being replaced by automation and AI. If we want to continue to grow and develop, we need to make sure we learn new skills faster than automation, and AI can continue.
So here are some suggestions on how to look or get an appointment for college after school.
- You Must Choose What You Read
When we were in school, we had no choice in the matter. We all learned the same thing.
Personally, the basic subjects were maths, languages (English, Latin and French) and science. It didn’t matter that I hated maths, I still had to learn it.
Today, I can choose what I want to read. That makes learning new things a lot of fun. For the past twelve months, I have learned about neuro-linguistic programming (NLP), marketing and meditation marketing. All of these lessons were fascinating and fun to read.
- Remind Them of the Effect
One of the things I have chosen to learn this year is Korea. I live in Korea and I have what I describe as ‘Korean survival’, but I wanted to take my skills in speaking Korean fluently.
I don’t enjoy learning languages, especially since it’s a slow process. So on days when I’m not in a ‘state’ of learning, I remind myself why I’m reading it.
I imagine being able to walk into a store or a restaurant and have a full conversation with employees. Or take a taxi and discuss the latest news with the driver. Doing this quickly brings me back to ‘attitude’ and soon I learn more verbs, nouns and conjunctions.
- Make Your “Why” Reading Stronger Emotional
Learning something new to gain controversy in your office may not be a solid reason to learn something new. Sure, that brief moment of victory can provide some satisfaction, but it will not last long.
But if your reason for learning is that you are developing new skills that will make your work better or more efficient, you will always have a strong incentive to continue learning.
Before embarking on a new study project, think about why you want to study that particular subject and be sure why it is powerful and connected to some kind of emotional need.
When your reasons are linked to emotions such as happiness, love or satisfaction, you always find the motivation to sit down and read.
- Have a Goal
My goal in learning Korean is to make a TED-like presentation in Korean in June next year. Every time I sit down to read Korean, I remind myself of my goal and think of introducing myself in Korean.
But not only that, I also want to speak the language well so that if someone listens to me on the radio or podcast, they can say that I am a non-native Korean speaker. This goal not only gives me the pressure of time (to speak fluently in June of next year), and it gives me joy because I think about how I would feel when I sit down after giving my talk.
- Summarize how you read
When I was at university, there was only one way to read and read – read books. My qualifications were legal and if you have never sat down and read a world law book, you have never found out how boring a textbook can be.
Today, we have so many ways to learn. We can start with Wikipedia to get a basic understanding of a subject, and then do a search on Amazon to find books on the subject, and we can go to YouTube and watch videos on the subject. All three of these learning methods I used recently when learning about the neuro-linguistic system.
It was fun and exciting. I could choose which path I wanted to learn based on my spirit.
- Join Online Groups
Discussion groups are a great way to keep your enthusiasm as you read. Facebook, Quora and WhatsApp all have user groups that you can join to join discussion groups and get your questions answered.
You can post a question on Twitter with relevant hashtags, attracting people from all over the world to answer your questions or participate in the discussion.
If you find that your motivation is decreasing, send a question to one of these groups and see what happens. Sooner or later you will find your motivation again.
- Schedule Time for Daily Study
This one really worked for me. Earlier this year, I decided to start waking up at 5 a.m. (joining the 5 AM Club by Robin Sharma). The question I had was: what would I do between 5am and 6am? The answer for me was to use that time to learn Korean.
Now, six months out of the trip, I like to get up at 5 AM, and I sit down with my morning coffee and learn Korean. I start by making my presentation as I walk into my living room thinking of presenting it in front of an audience. Then I spent 20 minutes learning new actions and finishing watching a video from my favorite Korean teacher (Korean Unnie ) on YouTube. For six months I got in and out of bed, knowing full well what I was going to do and not having any difficulty in moving.
- Create smaller goals
A few months ago, I set myself the goal of being able to ask a taxi driver to drop me off at a subway station. This was something I always found myself wanting to do but I wasn’t sure how to do it. So I asked my Korean friend how I could say this sentence and use it a few times to get used to it.
The next time I was in a taxi, I used the phrase to ask the taxi driver to drop me off at the subway station and he understood me very well. HEW! The sense of pride I had was wonderful. This gave me more motivation to continue finding other phrases I wanted to learn in my daily life.
Setting small goals that you can use to assess your progress is a sure way to keep you motivated to continue your learning journey.
- Look for Different Ways to Learn
Whenever you find that your motivation is disappearing, change the way you read.
Last year, I decided I wanted to learn how to use Adobe InDesign and started learning on YouTube with one of my favorite Adobe experts, Terry White. Terry White has compiled a series of videos called “How To Get Started With…” and these videos are great to get started. When I finished that video, I enrolled in an online Skillshare course that took my InDesign understanding to the next level and when it was completed I gave myself a project to build a workbook on InDesign.
While I was doing the workbook, there were a few other things I needed to learn, so I searched Google for ways to learn how to do it.
At the end of three months, I was able to use InDesign and it is now one of my favorite Adobe tools. By putting together a study project, I found that I was encouraged and wanted to learn more.
- Give yourself Small Prizes
This is a great way to keep yourself motivated. When you have successfully completed a new study area, reward yourself. The reward can be to go out at night with your friends to successfully celebrate a new place, or it can be to buy yourself a new toy.
Having these little rewards by tapping on a part of your brain is “joy / pain” and your brain immediately begins to understand that when you study successfully, something exciting happens. Once your brain understands this, all you need to do is remind yourself of what reward will come whenever you feel overwhelmed and your enthusiasm will return soon.
Learning something new can be difficult. With the rush of the first joy, it is easy to be motivated to read; but over time, that initial excitement diminishes and you need to find other ways to encourage yourself.
These ten tips will help you make sure that once you get past the initial enthusiasm and learning more becomes harder, you have a way to find inspiration to continue your journey and expand your knowledge.
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