🧑🎓 Why You Should Be A Lifelong Learner
Happy Monday everyone! ☕️
Last week I announced some exciting changes to this newsletter, and it seemed to go down very well! ❤️
In this edition, I want to discuss the importance of lifelong learning and the positive effect it can have on your life. 😀
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What is Lifelong Learning? 📖
According to wikipedia, lifelong learning is described as:
“The ongoing, voluntary, and self-motivated pursuit of knowledge for either personal or professional reasons.”
I have only recently come across the idea of lifelong learning, but I truly resonate with it. It's quite common for people to stop learning after they leave the so-called 'system,' whether that be school or university. However, this is just the beginning. School teaches you a lot of things, but it's kind of 'forced learning' in that you don't have a say in the things they teach you. Whereas in your adult life, you can literally learn anything that interests you.
Simply learning new things will impact many areas of your life: making you more likely to get a better job, keeping your brain healthy, providing personal fulfilment, and boosting self-confidence.
The importance of continuous learning is critical in the tech professions, particularly in data science. The field is massive and ever-growing, so there is always something new to explore. This is both amazing and intimidating!
By learning more and more, you can piece and link areas together and understand how everything hangs together. Needless to say, this will enhance your career by an unlimited amount.
With that in mind, I'd like to offer some helpful steps to guide you toward becoming a lifelong learner:
The first is to recognise that it’s for you and only you.
📋 Make a list of several areas you would like to know more about.
💻 Find some resources, but avoid getting stuck in tutorial hell!
🧑🏫 Create a system that makes it easier for you to learn.
📆 Commit yourself to doing this for a given period.
What’s Been Cooking 🥘
Some tasty stories this week:
AI Predicts Pandemic - Scientists from Harvard and Oxford Universities have developed an AI called EVEscape that predicts viral variations.
Microsoft Buys Activision Blizzard - Microsoft purchased Activision Blizzard for $69 billion, which is the biggest sale in gaming industry history.
Weekly Favourites ❤️
🎬 YouTube - Brian Ruiz. Brian is a software engineer based in Houston and his content is fire. The aesthetic, vibe and simplicity of his videos are amazing. I hope someday my YouTube videos will be up to the same level!
🎙️ Podcast - The Club. Being a keen football fan, I often listen to quite a lot of podcasts about the sport. I particularly enjoy The Club, which to be honest is mainly for the three hosts: Adam, Buvey and Rory. I find them all hilarious and their dynamic is brilliant.
📝 Blog - What is a Time Series Unit Root? My specialty within data science is probably forecasting. However, I didn’t realize one of its more fundamental concepts, the unit root. This article corrected that problem.
📝 Blog - Meta-Heuristics Explained: Ant Colony Optimization. This awesome blog is about one of the coolest optimization methods. The ant colony heuristic was inspired by how ants find the shortest route within their farms!
(PS: Some links are affiliate links that I get a kickback from with no extra cost to you 😎)