the importance of learning something new

I believe firmly in the philosophy of Socrates, the more you learn the less you know.  In other words you never run out of things to learn.
I have a saying.  The day I stop learning is the day I die, so it’s no wonder I try to find something new to learn everyday.  Sometimes it’s something big, and sometimes it’s something completely trivial.  Regardless of the importance my mind keeps growing and my understand keeps expanding.
I have had an e-mail account with Yahoo for a number of years, and today was the first time I had ever heard that you can use a signature file for all your e-mails so you don’t have to type them each time.  I know, with a new president, and the world in an economic mess it’s not the most important thing to know, however it is a way to get more out of the internet, which means a tiny bit more time for writing, and research.
The point of mentioning this example isn’t to say that learning tricks on the internet is earth shattering important, but that you should never pass up an opportunity to learn something new.  This is a lesson that many people should learn to help them understand the world around them.
If more people would learn what’s going on around them they wouldn’t be taken in by lies and scams so often, and politicians (I’m not necessarily talking about Obama) couldn’t get away with nearly as much as they do.
The people with the biggest influence in this world are always those who take the time to learn how things work so that they can make the most out of everything they have at their disposal.
My challenge to you: Don’t dismiss information so quickly as too trivial to remember, you never know when that information is exactly what you might need.


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6 Responses to “the importance of learning something new”

  1. gigi1953 Says:

    Good post! And so true!

  2. P.S.Gifford Says:

    Keep on posting!


  3. cruizen4u (Cindy) Says:

    You have challenged me to be a better person. I am guilty of passing what I consider trivial because I though it was too hard. Perhaps that I wasn’t smart enough to pull it off. I too just learned from my 30 y.o. son about signature lines. I am not ashamed of telling you I am 52 and every day is an adventure in learning. Thank you for being so honest.

    • apb148 Says:

      I know, even at 42 the internet still seems new to me, and the information never stops. I just find it all exciting.

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