Life is generally defined as one big “learning curve”. We make decisions based on what is right for us, we learn from others’ mistakes and accomplishments, and we are inspired by the surroundings around us. The learning that we do every day, no matter how trivial; paves the way to our success in life.
As a busy mother of three, I incorporate learning into my children’s every day activities. When my kids use the key to open our front door, they’re improving their fine motor skills. When they pour their breakfast cereal unassisted, they are learning to be independent. And when they ask questions, they are expanding their knowledge. Each and every moment I spend with them is a moment that furthers their learning.
I’ve written previously about why we should have the capacity to learn. Our willingness to learn is so important, because it helps us to grow as people, both personally and professionally. By recognising our weaknesses, we can transform them into strengths. That is when we become closer to performing at our personal best.
But we also need to realise that learning can come in so many different forms. Just like the learning I do with my children, there are so many opportunities for each of us to learn.
Learning can come from the inspiring film that you just watched, a useful article from someone in your field, or even from your neighbour who fought in World War 2. It doesn’t have to be explicit for it to be a learning opportunity. It is the way that you’ve chosen to interpret a person’s words, a specific event, or a piece of art. It is all these different forms of learning that can teach us something about ourselves, our lives, and about others.
At the end of the day, life doesn’t come with an instruction manual. Sometimes we’ll get it right, sometimes we won’t. But by accepting all the learning opportunities around us, we are increasing our chance at success and ultimately, at happiness. There are so many ways for each of us to learn; it’s just a matter of opening up our eyes to them.
Thuy Le (formerly known as Thuy Yau) is a freelance writer and Youth Work graduate living in Perth, Australia. She loves to share her own personal experiences about overcoming adversity, as she believes that human beings are more capable than they realise. She writes to make a positive difference in the world and to inspire others to learn from themselves and their own experiences. Her writing has been discussed on radio, won writing contests, appeared on The Huffington Post UK and major Australian sites such as news.com.au, SMH, Kidspot and Essential Kids. She is currently writing her first book.