Lifelong learning is a never-ending journey to find new dimensions. It involves more than training in school. Lifelong learning is all training activities of all life which improve skills, abilities, experiments, ways of thinking and capacities. Lifelong learning can help people to be informed about opportunities. People who are lifelong learners can identify and understand the skills and abilities and they can try to improve them. Also, lifelong learners have different life perspectives. They can join other people’s experiences and can be happy with other’s happiness. They accept life, they acquire knowledge they enjoy learning new things. They try to add something new to their life. And I think the most important thing is they try to do something beneficial for their life and humanity. They are not selfish people. Also, they use critical and creative thinking because the modern world, developing education system and business world need it. They do not accept every information which are provided to them. They share their own ideas and listen to others. Then, they decide to which is more useful.
Tuana Ezgi Mendirek
The author is learning English in The School of Languages at Sabancı University.
How do you become one of the best at what you do? You may be skillful and intelligent but you also need to work extremely hard. Zlatan Ibrahimocvic is still one of the greatest football players at the age of 35. He is also extremely self-confident, you could even say arrogant but even he recognises what makes him successful: clear goals, hard work and persistence.
Recently after scoring two goals to help Manchester United (possibly the world's greatest football team) win the 2017 English League cup final he shared the secret of his success:
"I train hard. People who know me from the locker room know that I train very hard. I have an objective every season I go into. And to reach that objective I need to train hard and I need to suffer when I train; that is how I achieve what I achieve. I’m from the old school where they work hard and get what they get from doing the hard work, not like the new school where it is easy to get what you want.”
Instructor in the School of Languages at Sabanci University, Istanbul.
As lifelong learners we believe that we can learn from all feedback but this is not as easy as it sounds. An article on the BBC website asks why even the best feedback can bring out the worst in us.
Even though we may know that feedback is useful and can help us succeed it may also make us feel bad if we take it personally - it may affect our self-esteem. Some people will instinctively try to dismiss the feedback, for example by finding a problem with the person who gave the feedback. The article describes some interesting experiments which demonstrate these knee-jerk reactions.
So as lifelong learners we want to get, and learn from, feedback. We also know that it is not easy even if the feedback is good and will help us. Fortunately, the article suggests how we may approach getting feedback. The authors refer to studies that show how we may approach getting feedback to help us in future tasks. This approach involves putting on 'emotional armour' to protect ourselves.
Firstly, we can spend some time considering the positive traits we value in ourselves and when we have used them successfully in the past. Secondly, we can be positive about seeking feedback. We can actually choose to get feedback - telling ourselves that we want to get feedback can actually help us to take the feedback more positively. In fact, the more we put into the process ourselves the more we are likely to benefit from it.
Instructor in the School of Languages at Sabancı University, Istanbul.