Survival of the fittest is the phrase that has been originated from the Darwinian theory of evolution. And is also the way of surviving during this period. Be it health-wise or profession-wise. Thomas Henry Huxley was a famous biologist and anthropologist who once quoted “Try to learn something about everything and everything about something.” He was awarded the Darwin Medal and was famously known as “Darwin’s Bulldog”.The main thing that has to be noted about Thomas H Huxley was he was self-taught, he hardly went to school during his growing years. Yet he was one of the greatest autodidacts of his times.
We often tend to invest our learning time into the curriculum of our school or colleges and never try to know or if I may put it in a way, never invest our time about the trivial things around us. You may also call those trivial things – general awareness. And we very well know the weightage general awareness hold in expanding an individual’s horizon. Another thing that is prevalent is professionals questioning knowledge outside your field. Often when an individual wants to change the field he is made to believe that in the former years he wasted time, resources, and potential on something they were never interested in. You will always see, an engineer trying to change his field is often questioned. But as per my thinking what is wrong if someone wants to know more.
Learning is a beautiful process. It can be either about some complicated theory or about the tiniest quote. It helps one expand the thinking and helps in having an opinion. Not just the opinion but a logical opinion. Learning is not just the textbooks, certifications, or researches. It is about anything that interests you even if it does not add to your resume. It does add to your personal knowledge. Very famous Bruce Lee once said, ” A wise man can learn more from a foolish question than a fool can learn from a wise answer”. One can learn from any incident be it big or small. It is up to you how you judge that situation and what you bring to your plate from it.
We all are in the middle of a pandemic. It is the best time to be an autodidact. Try to learn about the city you were working in. Or even the brand you wear, for sure you will learn something about it and you will know many more things out of it. Or try to know how the Indian constitution works or maybe the ongoing elections and history behind every state. This will surely not be of any professional use but little things like these pileup and help you develop the way you think. Learning is never small or big, it is just learning. Next time when you mindlessly scroll your social media feed, instead try to google anything under the sky that you are not aware of or try to listen to some podcasts. This is the best time to be self-aware and to be self-taught.
At last, it is also not the time to pressurize oneself to learn but just when you are free and when comfortable. It is not about being better than anyone else but about engaging oneself in self-growth. And growth looks different on different individuals. Next time when that news application’s notification pops up on your screen, instead of clearing it just mindlessly go through it. It will surely help you a tiny bit. Have a Happy Learning!.
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