Keep learning new skills

Rick Watson
Posted 10/24/17

“Once you stop learning, you start dying,” said Albert Einstein. This quote is one of the most profound statements ever uttered. People over the age of 50 should make it their mantra. …

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Keep learning new skills

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“Once you stop learning, you start dying,” said Albert Einstein. This quote is one of the most profound statements ever uttered. People over the age of 50 should make it their mantra.

Learning doesn’t always involve college classes, teachers, and homework. This day and time, there are a lot of ways to learn. The most valuable card you have in your pocket is not an American Express but a library card. The library is a gateway to a world of knowledge. And it’s available to anyone. Well, you do have to go to the library to get one. They usually won’t just send it to you in the mail.

There’s a diploma on the wall behind my desk. It represents years of day jobs and night classes. It was a sacrifice. When I earned my master’s degree, I thought my schooling days were over. I was wrong.

The things I learned in college have been helpful in my career. It gave me a leg up with promotions at the phone company. It also was a deciding factor in my current job. But most of the skills I used in the phone company and the ones I use now weren’t learned in a classroom.

I have a Kindle app on my phone. Whenever I find myself with time to kill, the phone comes out of my pocket, and I read. I’m currently reading Benjamin Franklin’s autobiography. It’s incredible. Many of the books on Kindle are free, but I will pay for a book if it’s one that teaches me something I’d like to know.

My wife Jilda and I are singer-songwriters. A while back, I purchased recording software for my computer so that we could record our music at home. I had no idea how the software worked. A quick search on Lynda.com showed several classes for beginners. In no time, we were recording demos in our bedroom.

This past week, I finished courses in social media marketing and one on podcasting. I’m not currently doing either of these things in my work, but they could come in handy down the road.

Learning new things is like money in the bank. Once you learn a new skill, no one can ever take that away from you.

Motivational speaker and author Jim Rohn once said, “Work hard on your job, and you will make a living. Work hard on yourself and you can make a fortune.”

The most valuable lesson you will ever learn is this: Every day is a school day.

Rick Watson is the coordinator of BACK TO WORK 50+ at Bevill State Community College. You can contact him via email at rick.watson@bscc.edu. You can register for a free workshop by calling 855-850-2525.