"Becoming a self learner means that you view yourself as a lifelong learner." This is an age old quote that has stood the test of time. I have often heard it said by someone who was doing something different than what they thought they should be doing. At one point in time I too thought I was a lifelong learner. I was doing something different than everyone else and I thought it would make me a better person. But in reality I found myself constantly doing the same thing over again.
I didn't think about what I was doing or where I was going. I didn't even ask myself questions. And that's the worst thing that could ever happen. If you're doing something and you don't ask questions, then how do you expect to learn? You don't want to become a repeat learner.
How long will it take you to go from complete beginner to fully experienced golfer? Well, how long does it take you to learn a single language or subject? It takes time and effort, but learning doesn't stop after you think you've learned everything there is to know. You can never stop learning. So why do so many people think that they're already knowledgeable and can just sit back and wait for results?
Here's the problem with that thinking: You have to keep pushing yourself to learn more. Otherwise you'll stop being successful. Don't fall into the trap of thinking that because you think you are knowledgeable you can do no or little. Think of yourself as a lifelong learner. If you can be willing to learn something new every day, and be willing to take criticism and constructive criticism, then you will be successful. Taking the steps to becoming successful is in your control.
Can you imagine how amazing it would be to wake up one morning and realize that you've changed the way you think and feel about yourself and about life? Yes, you could do that. You could be a self-learner. It's your personality, your strengths and weaknesses, that define you and your ability to live life to the fullest. If you're afraid of being self learner, that means you're afraid of changing yourself.
To think of yourself as a self-learner requires that you have faith in yourself. You have to convince yourself over again that you are an effective, valuable, leader among people. That's a hard task and there will be people that won't believe you. But the more you tell yourself and the more you trust what you have to offer, the better your chances will be of becoming a self-starter and a self learner.
So how can you make yourself a self learner and think of yourself as a leader? There are many things you can do. You can practice your listening skills to better understand people. You can use humor to help make people see things differently and to change their attitudes.
The third step to think of yourself as a self-learner is to use your strengths to help lead the change you want to see in other areas of your life and in the world at large. For example, you might decide to learn a foreign language so that you can communicate with others that may not otherwise be able to understand you. You might decide to learn to sew so that you can teach your own children the value of a good education. Or, you might decide to become an expert on a particular subject so that you can share your knowledge with friends and family who are interested in it but may not otherwise be able to reach you. Using your strengths to think of yourself as a self-learner and a leader is one of the most powerful things you can do.