Anyone who keeps learning stays young. – Henry Ford. 

When was the last time you took the time to learn about something you’ve always wanted to do? As adults, we have many reasons to put off improving a skill or learning something new – family, jobs, bills, and other life commitments. Learning new skills can be an incredible way to enhance your life.  Just in the last several years, I’ve learned about fishing, the bass guitar, firearms training, crypto currency and owning a small business.  

Keep reading to see what learning something new can do for you! 

 1. Gain New Perspectives 

Learning provides you with an opportunity to change your perspective on how you look at or think about a topic. I have always thought of fishing as boring, but it’s so much more. I’ve learned patience, patterns, colors, nature, etc.  It has completely changed how I look at fishing.  It has provided an escape when I’ve needed it, knowledge because I’ve sought it, and it’s a great way to spend quality time with friends.  

2. Reduce Stress 

A new hobby can be a great stress reliever. It can give our brains something to think about other than the daily grind of work, bills, family, friends, and other general daily concerns. It may be a temporary distraction but it allows our mind an escape to think about other things we enjoy.

3. Improve confidence

Learning a new hobby or making progress on learning a new skill can provide you with confidence.  When we succeed in accomplishing something new, we feel better, and give ourselves the confidence to take on the next challenge!

4. Knowledge is power

When you have the knowledge, you have the power to achieve many things. One of the most crucial reasons to learn something new is that you gain power when you do. This new-found power means you don’t need someone else to fix, mend or make something in your home or that you own. You are empowered to do it yourself!

5. Be selfish

Learning something provides you with the ability to have “me” time. Time away from work or family, you can treat it as an appointment with yourself. An appointment with yourself might just keep you sane.

6. Have fun

Most importantly, setting a goal and learning a new skill is exciting. We all have told ourselves-  I wish I knew how to do that! Well, no better time like the present. There are so many opportunities to go out into the world and learn something new.  The process of discovering them and then beginning that project like a music lesson, fishing trip, time at the range is rewarding and enjoyable.