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A Love of Learning

I recently attended a convocation ceremony at the University of Alberta for the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry where I noticed one theme that was emphasized throughout the ceremony: life-long learning. The speakers emphasized that the graduates should strive to remain eternal students, keeping the passion and excitement about learning and their profession that they brought with them when they first entered the faculty. I was particularly impressed to see this point repeated as part of the Medicine Graduation Oath: "I will henceforth remain a student, that I may expand and refine my knowledge, skills, and attitudes."

This message is timely for graduates, who may be feeling burnt out after the years of school and may think that they are done with learning. This point is equally valid, however, for those of us who have been in the workplace for years: the value of life-long learning continues to hold true for us. Work experience is one sort of learning, but after a short period it tends to lose its benefits unless you are pushing the boundaries of what you are capable of. Other modalities of learning typically require focused effort and time that are in short supply given the multitude of pressures and distractions at work and in life in general.

That is why it is important to cultivate a love of learning. We naturally spend our time and effort on what we are passionate about. Nurturing our curiosity, imagination, and sense of wonder helps lead us on the path of learning and keeps it interesting.

To assist and inspire you with your learning, I present below a collection of articles I have written on the topic:

I will conclude with a closing quote from Brian Tracy: "Commit yourself to life-long learning. The most valuable asset you will ever have is your mind and what you put into it."

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