The Benefits of Lifelong Learning
Lifelong learning — which can include knowledge gained from professional development programs, online courses, podcasts, books, or volunteering to serve on an association’s board of directors — is becoming increasingly important to improving one's self professionally, financially and socially. To this end, the article's author makes a few key points.

First, educational investments are indeed an economic imperative. Outside of colleges, ongoing learning and skills development has become increasingly vital to surviving economic and technological disruption. Trends including artificial intelligence, telecommuting and outsourcing mean constant shifts in the nature of work. Navigating this ever-changing landscape requires continual learning and personal growth.

Second, learning is positive for health. A 2006 paper by researchers David Cutler and Adriana Lleras-Muney determined that "the better educated have healthier behaviors along virtually every margin." Third, being open, curious and willing to learn can have profound personal and professional benefits. Those who dedicate themselves to learning and who exhibit curiosity are frequently happier and more socially and professionally engaging than those who do not.
Harvard Business Review (02/07/17) Coleman, John
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