Doreetha was 99!
She said she wanted to get her degree simply to better herself. It took her six years – a testament to her will, determination, and commitment to learning, according to John Coleman writing in his new book, Passion and Purpose: Stories from the Best and Brightest Young Business Leaders.
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YOU WILL EARN MORE MONEY
Recently, Tamborini, Kim, and Sakamoto found that, controlling for other factors, men and women can expect to earn $655,000 and $445,000 more, respectively, during their careers with a bachelor’s degree than with a high school degree. and Graduate degrees yield more.
YOU WILL LIVE LONGER
Reading can dramatically reduce your stress levels. Coleman cites a recent report in Neurology that learning activities can help delay Alzheimer symptoms, preserving people’s quality of life. Other research indicates that learning to play a new instrument can offset cognitive decline, and learning difficult new skills in older age is associated with improved memory.
I have been taking Hindi lessons. And am delighted to report it seems to open all sorts of brain pathways-so I can remember names better and just feel generally sharper. Guitar lessons are next!
And it is not surprising there is compelling research to support the idea that the better educated make better lifestyle choices and live longer. David Cutler and Adriana Lleras-Muney’s research suggests that a year of formal education could add more than half a year to your life span.
Perhaps Doreetha Daniels, at 99, knew something we may have missed.
YOU WILL BE BETTER LIKED
I admire those who are dedicated to learning and growth. I am certain you do too.
Have you ever sat in a quiet place and finished a great novel in one sitting? (By the way, I can teach you how)
Coleman asks if you remember the fulfillment you felt when you last settled into a difficult task — whether a math problem or a foreign language course — and found yourself making breakthrough progress? (I can help you here too!)
Have you ever worked with a team of friends or colleagues to master difficult material or create something new?
These experiences can be electrifying, and that is the kind of feedback from graduates of my Thinking Skills over the years.
There are many reasons to continue learning. I hope this article has given you some added inspiration.
As Coleman writes: “We live in an age of abundant opportunity for learning and development. Capturing that opportunity — maintaining our curiosity and intellectual humility — can be one of life’s most rewarding pursuits.
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