How important would you say it is to keep growing in life? We wouldn’t settle for being in the same position at our work for more than a year or so, then why do we let the only thing that will help us grow—learning—take a back seat?

Why do we allow ourselves to be stuck in time when we know how essential learning is for growth?

In fact, it’s crucial for so much more than that. Learning keeps us humble, builds our confidence, and helps us have intellectual conversations and debates that lift our personas.

Even so, I feel our approach to learning matters a lot because there is a difference between being a student and a lifelong learner.

While a student learns with the purpose of passing exams, without caring much about the knowledge or using it in life, a lifelong learner is passionate about knowing more about things that interest them, and improve lives with it.

There are three key characteristics of a lifelong learner: curiosity, passion and empathy.

The desire to learn stems from curiosity about our world. This is closely linked with passion for the field; while empathy is the emotional impulse that fuels our passions. For me, this is about holistic wellness.

I enjoy learning more about how I can keep my body healthy; exercise, food and mental well-being are a big part of that. Hence I naturally seek out workshops, classes, podcasts, books and such in this space.

For example, recently, I was in the Philippines learning about organic farming with my family. In the same month, I also went to San Francisco to complete my 500 hours of yoga teachers training with Jason Crandell.

These experiences made me realise how much more learning enriches our lives. It’s not just social aspect of meeting people that brings us happiness, but the fact that we are learning something that will add value to our lives—that will help us grow personally and professionally—as well as help everyone around us.

So learn, make it your goal this summer. Go at it alone, with your loved ones, or with new people; study something digitally in the comfort of your home, or go to a class and learn together with peers—pick your style!

Take up a new skill for work or refresh your hobbies. Learning has become so much easier with a ton of online and offline resources, let’s take advantage of this. Moreover, with lighter workloads this season and school summer break upon us, it’s the best time of the year to start learning something new—by yourself or along with your family.

Let’s make this summer our spring. Let’s learn something new that will help us grow. Let’s commit to making every day a school day and feed our passions with more knowledge. Share what you know and what you want to learn. Let’s go on this adventure together as a community and come out more enlightened at the end of this season.

I’m so excited to hear from you! Let’s explore how we can support each other on this journey—what do you say?

Love,

Elisa