If you are an employed adult, then life can often follow a fairly predictable daily routine. You go to work, you go home, watch television, maybe read a book, hang out with friends, spend time with your family, go to sleep, and do it all over again the next day. Of course, there’s nothing wrong with this lifestyle, but I do think far too many adults don’t make use of their time to learn something new.
Whether it’s learning a new computer programming language, a foreign language, how to cook, or how to build things with wood, there’s always value in learning a new skill. Sometimes the benefit is not immediately obvious, so i’ve compiled the top 10 reasons why learning a new skill will make you happier…
1. Improved career prospects
Learning a new skill that could help you in your current or future job is always a good idea. Personally, I took SEO (search engine optimisation) courses online to learn how I could write more more effectively. So many jobs prefer basic knowledge of SEO that I know any job I get in the future will be helpful. Learning any skill as versatile as SEO can help you immensely in being qualified for various jobs.
2. Renewed sense of achievement
When you learn something new, you will definitely encounter obstacles and challenges. If you keep at it, however, once you have made progress or successfully learned a new skill, you’ll experience that great feeling that comes with achieving something.
Widened social circle.
3. Widened social circle
When you learn a new skill, it’s very rare that you learn in isolation. Whether you take classes at a local community college, learn from videos online, or simply have a friend teach you something new, there’s always a social aspect to learning, one that has the potential to expand your circle of friends.
4. Greater leverage for salary increase request
Asking for a raise at work happens successfully only when you can demonstrate that you deserve one. If you’ve picked up new skills since you’ve been hired, then you have leverage to petition your boss for a raise.
5. Personal fulfillment
There are various ways that we seek fulfillment in our lives. We can strengthen our bond with our partner, friends, and family. We can take pride in the work we do, and we can contribute to the wellbeing of our communities. One route to personal fulfillment that we often overlook is the simple act of learning something new.
6. Heightened confidence in your ability to learn
Many adults often lose confidence in their ability to learn anything new, just because they haven’t really learned anything new in a very long time. When you learn a new skill, it builds your confidence to learn other skills. For example, I recently started learning to play tennis, even in my old age, and it’s given me the confidence to learn other sports and be more active, something I didn’t think I’d ever be able to do.
7. Learning can be both challenging and relaxing
As much as a challenge learning a new skill can be, it’s also a great way to alleviate stress. When you have a new skill to focus on learning, all the rest of your troubles can sometimes be minimized while you’re intent on learning something new.
Finding a productive way to spend your free time.
8. Finding a productive way to spend your free time
I don’t know about you, but before I began harnessing the power of learning as an adult, I wasted a lot of my free time. Of course, much of it was well spent, in the company of friends and family, but just as much of it was spent watching television or mindlessly surfing the Internet. When you learn a new skill, you must practice it, which is surely a great way to spend your free time.
9. Setting a good example for your children.
If you happen to have children, learning a new skill demonstrates to your kids that there is value in learning beyond the confines of school. Once they become infected by the learning bug from you, they, too, will want to keep learning new things, in school and out!
10. Greater opportunity for expansive experiences.
At the end of the day, learning a new skill opens doors in various facets of your life, not just your professional life. For example, learning a foreign language can certainly improve your job prospects, but it also enables you to widen your horizons by traveling to another country and really inserting yourself in the culture.
What new skill have you learned recently? How has it impacted your life?