The thing I remember looking forward to most in college was graduation! Mostly because that meant the end of boring classes and tests, and I’d finally be able to go out into the “real world” and spread my wings.
But, what I’ve learned as I’ve been in the real world for a while now is that while my traditional schooling might have ended, my learning is not—and shouldn’t ever be—over.
Freelance editors and proofreaders NEED to have a desire to constantly be learning. The editing world and language in general changes at a rapid pace, and we have to keep on top of current trends and new ideas in order to stay competitive. Unwillingness to learn and/or adapt will make your success as a freelance editor that much more difficult.
From the time we’re children, we’re pushed to learn things. By adulthood, most people are somewhat relieved when the learning portion of their lives is over. The problem is, saying goodbye to learning isn’t a good idea. There are so many benefits of lifelong learning—stopping with graduation and a diploma would be a serious mistake.
Here are the many benefits of lifelong learning…
Solutions Are Easier to Find
A brain kept sharp through continuous learning is going to be better at finding solutions to problems, in part because of better cognitive function. Also, because there’s just more knowledge available to draw on to find a solution.
You Sound Smarter
When you constantly challenge yourself to find out new things, your conversation shows the effects. You’re more up on current events, and your ability to talk intelligently in social situations increases. Knowledge also raises your credibility on social media, especially on sites such as LinkedIn, which is essential when looking for clients.
You’re Better Prepared
Not sure what to do in a crisis? Spend time learning. By understanding the basics of first aid or how things are supposed to function in your workplace, you will be better able to handle an emergency.
You Mind Sparks
Looking for an idea or new perspective? Perhaps you want to be more creative? You can easily enhance each of those areas through learning.
You Become a More Capable and Confident Freelancer
When you’re always learning in your field, you become more self-assured in your work, a feeling you’ll start carrying with you into other aspects of your life. It’s this attitude that gets you noticed, especially when the time comes to add new clients to your business.
It’s Good for Your Brain
Finally, perhaps one of the most important reasons for pursuing knowledge is that it’s good for your brain. Studies have shown a brain engaged and continuously challenged with new information is sharper and has better cognitive skills. The benefits don’t stop there. Learning means your brain keeps growing, creating new neural pathways. Learning things has also been proven to help prevent Alzheimer’s and other effects of dementia. It has even shown to reverse some of the impact of those issues as you age. No wonder it’s a good reason to keep learning as you grow older!
Lifelong learning is something to be pursued, not just because it’s “good for you.” Chasing after learning can be both enlightening and fun and will serve you well throughout your entire life. With that in mind, it’s an easy decision to become a lifelong learner.