I sincerely believe that it is far more beneficial and far less costly to help a child build confidence than it is to fix an adult who has little or none.

You can’t teach an old dog new tricks

on February 20, 2014

clip dog & bookThis well-known quote was trying to convey the message that older dogs and people don’t learn as well as younger people.  This has a lot of truth in it because when we are younger we do tend to learn faster and easier.  However this doesn’t mean that you should stop trying to learn new things as you get older.  It may not be as easy but it is always possible and the learning process is very necessary if we want our minds and bodies to stay healthy.

Many people in their senior years take courses in a variety of subjects and often excel when they have a strong interest in a particular area.  People in their 50’s, 60’s and 70’s take singing or dancing lessons, interest courses and join fitness clubs.  Others pursue deeper topics and take courses in law, business or history.

It doesn’t matter what age you are, you should always try to learn something new every day.

  • Start reading some motivational and educational books so you can broaden your knowledge base
  • Think about what do you enjoy doing and join a group or take a course
  • Is there something that you wanted to do in the past but never got a chance to pursue it?  Would it be possible to do it now?
  • Check out some local organizations and see if you can volunteer some time.  This is a great learning opportunity with some valuable paybacks!

Learning is growing and we should never stop doing either.   You definitely can teach an old dog new tricks!



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