It is never too late to learn something new, even more so to become a master of something. How many times have we heard of inspiring stories of people who never let their age get in the way of their goals, such as graduating from the university or passing the board exams in their 60s, 70s, and even older than that? These people know that as long as we have the time and are willing to extend the effort, we can achieve any goal we set our minds to. If they can do it, so can we.
As we reach the retirement age, we tend to slow down with our lives. Because of this, some people commit the error of living idle lives, believing that reaching this age is now all about relaxation. Since we are about to retire, some people believe that it is no longer practical to learn new skills or improve existing ones, seeing as that we are about to retire. It doesn’t have to be the way; we still need to work on them not just for our jobs but also for personal development.
One of the most important things to remember at this stage is that you should always be open about learning. Try to be as enthusiastic as a toddler who has just seen his or her first toy blocks. Curiosity is a good thing. Yes, it may be stressful at times so you should also learn when to step back and recharge before getting back to it.
Failure is always a risk when it comes to learning. That being said, failure should not deter us from the process. Just because you are having difficulties in learning how to use the computer doesn’t mean you should give up on it. Take it as a motivation and a challenge to overcome.
We should also remember to be aware of our limits. We are no longer as agile and as tireless as back when we were in our twenties so this should also be taken into consideration, especially when learning a new skill. Sure, wood crafting may be interesting and will definitely come in handy but if you know that you suffer from severe back pains, it might be better to focus your attention elsewhere.
Upon learning something new, one of the most important things to remember is that we have to constantly do it so that we can master that skill. Practice definitely makes perfect. Try to squeeze in a couple of minutes every day doing something you’ve recently learned until you get the hang of it.
Some people feel that they are too old to be in a classroom so they purposely stay away from learning new things. Fortunately, modern times have made it possible for us to learn beyond the classroom and even for free. You can check out instructional videos online, as well as read articles and books. You can also ask friends and families for some hands-on tutorials if you pick up skills better through your hands. Some companies even organise training programs for specific skillsets and you should take advantage of them.
Life is a constant learning process. Every day, we learn something new about ourselves and also the world we live in. You might think that it is too late for you to learn something new but I tell you, it isn’t. We are never too late to pick up new skills and master existing ones. Learning not only benefits us skills-wise but it also gives us personal growth. Isn’t it a great feeling to accomplish something you never thought possible? Yes, there are risks involved but it is miniscule in comparison to the feeling of accomplishment we will get from it. And you might not think so right now but these skills will come in handy someday.
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