Why is it so important for us to learn?

By Martin Farstad Borg November 2021

Some of the essence of us humans is about a strong desire to get better. We want to be better parents, better children, better partners, better lovers, and better workers. I think this is deeply rooted in our nature. For me, learning is the most exciting and inspiring part of living. We learn as long as we live, whether we want to or not.

This ability to learn provides the basis for us to take control and become architects in our own lives. We live in a time where we have the opportunity to achieve mastery in many areas through digital knowledge sources for free.

It is simply beautiful. It's a miracle. It is fantastic. It's like a dream come true. It's a much bigger miracle than most people, myself included, take the time to think about and be grateful for. I can basically learn a new subject and even build a new career several times during my adult life.

For many, this can be very overwhelming. It is challenging to set aside time to find the best sources of learning online. It requires a high degree of critical thinking over an extended period of time. If you take the time, however, you will eventually find honest and truthful teachers in the subject you want to learn.

So back to human nature. Perhaps the most important source of frustration and despair, we find the inability to get better. Or lack of success in our pursuit of success. The only way we can reach the top is by making many small and big mistakes along the way. It is probably the most effective and at the same time most painful way to learn. It is not enough to make mistakes. We must also be honest with ourselves and admit the mistake. We must also strive to learn from the mistakes and avoid making the same mistake over and over again. Or at least make new mistakes rather than old ones.

Have you learned from any mistakes? Tell us about it!