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Life is busy, and sometimes things become so hectic that just getting daily tasks done is a challenge. But countless professionals and community leaders find that personal growth and development is an essential part of their leadership trajectory.
NANOE shares a few ways you can jump-start your lifelong learning so you can grow more – and serve better.
Lucy Reed Says, “Education Opens Doors.”
Heading back to school is an excellent way to build skills. Formal education is never a bad thing – and it could help shape your future.
- Recognize that many adults are returning to school to expand their minds.
- See how earning a degree or your master’s could boost your income.
- Check into podcasts to learn about a particular facet of your business or organization.
- Pursue a master’s degree to broaden your viewpoint and boost your resume.
Community Connections Help You Grow
Collaborating with community members makes you a more effective leader and encourages growth.
- Learn to connect with your community and show leadership prowess.
- Become a better leader by adapting to your environment and challenges.
- Be a role model for others by volunteering at organizations like the Salvation Army or United Way.
Grow by Giving Back
Getting involved in charity work and being intentional about giving back to the community pays many dividends. Not only is altruism beneficial to the recipient, it can also boost not only your emotional well-being but your standing in the community. Here are just a few ideas:
- Donate your pet’s time to a local hospital or retirement community. Whether it’s a dog, rabbit or cat, they can serve as stress therapy animals and make the grey days a bit brighter for residents.
- Organize a park or roadway cleanup day.
- Join a community garden and lend your green thumb to the cause. Better yet, if no such gardens exist in nearby neighborhoods, start your own!
- Invest in the next generation by participating in Big Brothers Big Sisters, where you can become a role model and mentor for kids who need it the most.
- Join forces with NANOE, which, among many other activities, forms economic impact engines infusing capital into charities.
Learning is Just Part of Life
Moving through life requires you to adapt and grow, so lifelong learning is a natural extension of daily life.
- Eighty percent of lifelong learners pursue enrichment to make life more interesting, while 64 percent aim to help others. Both are admirable motivations!
- Plenty of professionals agree that they engage in lifelong learning and that it happens nearly every day.
- Explore TED Talks on lifelong learning and the various approaches that may work for you.
Prioritizing Physical Health Will Boost Your Personal Growth
Keeping your body healthy will keep your brain sharp so you’ll be ready to meet new challenges.
- Exercise improves cognitive functioning and memory.
- Practicing yoga can enhance self-discipline and focus.
- Engaging in self-care is essential for meeting your goals.
Pursuing formal education, keeping an open mind when collaborating with others, and adapting as you live your life can all contribute to lifelong learning. By focusing on expanding your capacity to learn and grow, you’ll enhance your role as a community leader and serve as a role model for others.
Lucy Reed has been starting businesses since she was a kid, from the lemonade stand she opened in her parent’s driveway at age 10 to the dog walking business she started while in college. She created GigMine because she was inspired by the growth of the sharing economy and wanted to make it easier for entrepreneurial individuals like herself to find the gig opportunities in their areas.
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