The Compounding Effects of Learning


Have you ever met people who say “I’m too old to learn?” or “It’s too late for me?” Learning something new pushes us to grow out of our comfort zone. Being committed to self-development by learning constantly will improve not only your happiness but increase your odd of success.

What is a Growth Mindset?

In her research, Carol Dweck found two types of mindset: fixed mindset vs growth mindset. People with a fixed mindset think intelligence is static and the skills they are born with are the skills they have for life. People with a growth mindset believe they can develop their intelligence, grow their skills and acquire new ones. Her TED talk has been watched more than 4.2M times.

The willingness to keep learning is a common behavior among successful people. They understand the compounding effect of learning in the long-term. Successful people cultivate a sense of curiosity and understand that learning is key to achieve lifelong success and happiness.

The more I read, the more I acquire, the more certain I am that I know nothing.” -Voltaire

If you are reading this article, chances are you want to cultivate a growth mindset. Imagine looking back at your life, what would you like to have done that would have made your life worth living? Accomplishment is a gift that keeps on giving. You can savor them as many times over.
Angela Duckworth, researcher at the University of Pennsylvania introduced the concept of ‘Grit’ which is defined as ‘perseverance and passion for long-term goals.’ She found that grit was a strong predictor for success. People who exhibit grit persevere at their goals over time and are more likely to achieve their goals.

How to Cultivate a Growth Mindset?

A bucket list can help you to identify and remind you of the things you want to accomplish before dying. If you don’t have a bucket list of things that inspire you, why not create one. Making a list of the things that will bring you a sense of fulfilment and excitement is  a great pathway to happiness. These could be learning a new language, travelling the world or taking up salsa classes. If you already have a bucket list, take the opportunity to review it. Savor your past accomplishments, add new goals you want to achieve and remove those that are no more relevant.

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