The very idea of survival manifested in the Darwin's Theory of Evolution stands fundamental to the entire universe. The life in all its forms tends to follow the same. In order to survive, the organism has to evolve, grow and find a better version of itself that can cope with the changing environment. The very idea of life is manifested in the growth. Organically, the one who is alive has to grow and evolve. But consciously, the one who grows is alive. We, the humans as the most evolved and civilized life forms can well understand in what terms growth means to us and how it can transform our lives both in terms of quantity and quality.
Today's socio-economic and cultural environment is a complex picture to analyze and understand. With rising number of educated and competent youth, the multiplicity of opportunities and avenues are available. In the age of marketing economy, competition is a necessary evil. Thus, growth is an essential corollary to survival. And to grow, one has to learn and work hard. Specifically, when today's work culture comes into the picture, eventually the perplexed youth trapped in the neck raking competition hold the scene where they are seen oscillating between success and failure. The desire for success keeps pushing ahead but the fear of failure pulls them back. In such a scenario, an energetic individual soon turns out to be a bewildered being lost in despair. Today's environment demands growth and thus learning is a means to achieve this.
Learning is a perpetual and perennial process. A rather slow but sustainable to growth. A learner is always dynamic and vibrant. Every coming situation is an opportunity for him. Beyond the crests and troughs of success and failures, a learner enjoys the path of learning and in doing so growth and progress are definite and inevitable. What therefore, required is a change in attitude. That is to learn from whatever and whoever comes your way. Believe it or not, you never learn as much from your success as you learn from your failures. Failures are big blessings in disguise, they shake your innate, make you realize your weaknesses and shortcomings and therefore, make you a much better version of yourself. You grow from your failures and that is how you evolve. The sooner you realize this, the fear and chaos fades away and then you are able to harness your inner potential at its fullest.
How to start your journey as a learner? The question arises in mind. What will be the first step? The answer to this is- You start with your SWOT (analyze your Strength, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats). This would help you identify your fears and challenges. Accepting the challenge becomes the next step and then you have to work on it. To work is certainly to learn and to learn is to keep believing in yourself. When the learner starts taking pleasure in learning, he is liberated from the clutches of his fears. Because, fears always arise due to excessive goal orientation. Instead of this, goal oriented learning is certainly pleasurable and liberating.
As the desire to succeed is replaced by the desire to learn, no fear can slow you down, no obstacle can deter you from your path. This brings in motivation and energy. And when a high spirited fearless individual strives for the goal even with the idea to learn. He certainly transforms and redefines the parameters of success and glory.
Therefore, a constant learning attitude is the key to growth, evolution and success. As Eric Hoffer has rightly said- " In the time of drastic change, it is the learners who inherit the future. The learned usually find themselves equipped to live in a world that no longer exists. "
About the Author: Ms. Shivani Tripathi Pathak, is an avid writer, painter & a life enthusiast.
She is a UGC- NET (JRF) and have worked as a former faculty in Royale IAS Academy in Mumbai.
She believes in constant learning and celebrates life’s positivity with immense motivation & a never give up attitude.