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Starting your Lifelong Journey to Learning Excitement

As an adult learner, your trip will never end. Learning should be a lifelong process, not just a short stop during the period of your formal education.

In today's workplace, you need to constantly seek out new ways and opportunities to acquire new skills and knowledge. This will provide self-improvement, as well as enhancing your value as a "work asset." Your continued growth through education and learning places you at a competitive advantage over your peers, and is necessary for survival in the workplace today.

Job security is based on what you know or can learn -- it is not simply doing your job and being a "good employee." New technology, global competition and cost-cutting reorganizations require your continued learning for survival.

Equally as important, you owe it to yourself to be a lifelong learner. Personally, your life will be better because you are a continuous learner. The adult learner is happier, more vibrant and sharper than the non-learner.

Atrophy can affect your muscles and physical activities. Mental atrophy occurs when you stop learning and using your talents and abilities. Learning should not be viewed as a chore. It should be exciting and fun. It should be a joy. If you carefully read the words of Eric Hoffer, you will understand the value of learning and education:

"In times of change, learners inherit the earth, while the unlearned find themselves beautifully equipped to deal with a world that no longer exists."