Living the Pillars: Live to Learn

This post is part of our Living the Pillars series, allowing an opportunity to explore the core of our Modo practice. We’re digging in deeper to learn what each pillar is all about and how we can live each one within our own Modo Thunder Bay community.

There’s something funny that happens the older we get. Our curiosity tends to become overshadowed by responsibility and must-dos, leaving opportunities to learn to be connected only with school. We are, however, constantly presented with endless opportunities to continue engaging and learning. And the best part? You get to decide what it is you want to learn. The following are 3 suggestions to keep learning well beyond your school years and to reframe how you approach learning.

Ask Questions

Learning doesn’t have to take place in a formal classroom setting. In fact, you can learn by simply being curious about the people around you. Engage in discussion and always ask questions. Seek perspectives that are different from your own. Aim to understand how others can have a different opinion — and not be wrong. Think about this the next time you find yourself in a group setting or public space. You are surrounded by people who are all living unique lives, completely different from your own. Ask them what they love, what drives them, what interesting experiences they have had. You’ll be surprised at what you discover.

Pro tip: Teach! You likely have an abundance of knowledge yourself. Sometimes, the best way to learn is to share your own experiences and knowledge. Seeing how people respond and learn from you can teach you so much beyond the topic of discussion at hand.

Read Books

This one is easy, but requires concentrated effort in this age of distraction. Enter a library or bookstore and thousands of learning opportunities are immediately at your disposal. Books will always hold a wealth of knowledge that even online learning can’t achieve. There is something to be said for holding a book in your hand and engaging with one body of information as opposed to having the entire world at your fingertips and only scratching the surface. Here’s a suggestion: do a swap! Ask a friend to choose a book they love and do the same. Trade and dive in. You’ll be amazed at what you can learn this way. A new storyline, a new perspective, a new idea.

Join a Course

Have you always wanted to try painting, rowing, flower arranging or ceramics? Maybe you’ve always been interested in photography but never quite got to it. There are endless opportunities to take courses in all subject matters through a variety of formats. If you don’t see what you like, ask an expert in the field if they might want to teach you once a week. You can even consider a skill trade and teach something you know in exchange for skills in another area. There is a plethora of online courses available that you can choose from as well. Some are even free. These are typically set for beginners and are a great way to explore activities and learn a new skill. Trying something new for the sake of being interested is refreshing and keeps you sharp and relaxed. In the past year I have taken a chocolatier course and skiing lessons simply because I wanted to try something new that has always piqued my interest. What have you always wanted to try?

In the words supporting this pillar, to be anything, we must learn. Stay humble, curious and passionate. Keep on learning!