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Winners Aren’t Afraid to Learn New Skills: Are You Ready?

If you have ever paid any attention to people who have achieved great success in their lives, you might notice one common denominator — winners continually strive to master their skills — but they also improve themselves by learning new things.

This doesn’t necessarily mean earning an M.B.A. or some kind of certification, although formal educational endeavors can certainly propel your career to new levels. What it does mean is that winners are curious about the world in which they live.

They continually challenge themselves by tackling new projects — or sometimes by simply learning a new skill.

 

Learning a New Skill Can Bring Many Benefits

 

Your new skill:

  • Could open new opportunities which would have been unavailable to you before
  • Widen your social network and introduce you to like-minded people
  • Pull you out of a rut and make you feel happier and more positive about your life
  • Extend your life

New Skills = Improved Memory and Cognition

Research has proven again and again that elderly people who strive to learn new things — a new language or skill — or engage in mental exercises such as crossword puzzles, live longer, feel happier and have slower cognitive decline.

National Public Radio did a story a while back on a study that compared two groups of older people. One group spent three months learning a new skill and the other engaged in fun, but not mentally challenging activities such as watching movies. The group who learned something new performed much higher on memory tests  — even a year later! You can listen to the story  below.

Maybe you’re not quite in the “elderly” category, so you’re thinking, “This doesn’t really apply to me.” Regardless of your age, learning a new skill can only bring you a positive outcome in some way. This can be a positive cognitive benefit, but even learning a new physical skill such as archery or martial arts can also improve your physical health.

What Does This Mean for You?

You might be saying, “Sounds great, but I really don’t have time” or “I don’t really know what skill I would be interested in learning.”

Fair enough. However, we’re going to make it a little easier for you to discover what options are out there and how to learn new things. Stay tuned, because in our next post, we’re going to share tips on how to get started and where to learn new skills!

Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.Mahatma Gandhi

In the meantime, have you checked out my book yet? WINology, World Class Performance will give you the strategies you need to become the winner you’re meant to be!

Have you learned a new skill recently? Let us know in the comments section below!

Image quote attribution: John Wooden, author

 

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Winners Aren’t Afraid to Learn New Skills: Are You Ready?
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Winners not only master their existing skills, they continually learn new ones. Here we talk about the benefits of learning new skills.
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3 thoughts on “Winners Aren’t Afraid to Learn New Skills: Are You Ready?”

  1. Mary Beth says:

    I’ve recently started pursuing Spanish courses. I excelled at them in high school and college, but 20 years later, don’t recall much. With my job and my love of traveling, these skills will definitely come in handy.

  2. Joe D. says:

    I’m taking some cooking classes with my fiancé and it’s been a great adventure for both of us.

  3. Kim says:

    I recently got reacquainted with my photography passion. I bought a new camera and took a few classes to learn how to use it, as well as Photo Shop. Now, I spend my free time driving around capturing gorgeous images.

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