Miguel Panao | Professor and Author

Finding ways to improve scientific writing and academic productivity.

Between a lifelong learning possibility and reality

Learning every day is something you can do. But can we remember at the end of every day what new things we learned? It’s not easy. Thus, although we know it should, we wonder if lifelong learning is a reality for us.

I read in one of Seth Godin’s insightful posts that

“Lifelong learning is the mindset of possibility. It is built on the idea that we can grow if we simply show up, ready to learn.

Lifelong learning is never finished, and achieving the mindset isn’t easy, because the existing bias toward competence makes it socially unattractive. It requires us to acknowledge that we don’t know enough on our way to learning more.”

However, if we, as learning minds, develop a humble mindset, acknowledging that we don’t know enough is a testimony of having an open mind. Open-minded people allow an easier flow of learning and recognize mistakes as part of their evolutionary path.

Sometimes an open mind is an emptied mind. We strive to give mental space to the new. It isn’t easy, and that is the reason why lifelong learning becomes more than a possibility when we experience it as a daily reality.

Remembering it is a worthy step even if it takes a lifetime to learn.

About Miguel Panao

I am a Professor at the University of Coimbra in Mechanical Engineering. I am also author of books in the fields of environmental ethics and Science and Religion. From the several research projects, this site is personal and dedicated to the search for the best approaches, tools, techniques to improve scientific productivity.

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