It pays to gain knowledge
Shinjini Saha, INN/Gwalior, @Infodeaofficial
Our ancestors always said keep studying. Perhaps, they were no fools, as they knew knowledge gained could be useful at any point of time in life. Whatever you learn at may not serve purpose right away. But at any other point of time in one’s life, the knowledge may come of some use.
Here is an example. A friend of mine was preparing for medical examinations during her higher secondary days. She could not clear her medical exams, shifted her focus on studying Microbiology.
The knowledge she gained while she was preparing for joining medicine is now providing useful in study of microbiology. She is performing well in it. Now she also writes for different medical journals with respect to microbiology content and fulfills her dream.
All knowledge is connected, linked together, with multiple entry and exit points. Rather than thinking knowledge as a tree, see it as a network
of connected domains.
Since childhood, every individual gathers ample of information. Every information he or she collects be it small or big is important for him or her at some point of time.
Learning new things can expand perspectives, ignite new ideas, and in general brings people joy, but there has to be a more concrete value behind it as well.
Just because it wasn’t related to your area of expertise and that learning new things took a good chunk of time, it seemed like it would still offer some long term value.
Transfer of learning is the premise that past experience impacts learning and performance in a new situation. What you have learned in the past is applicable to what you learn in the future.
Everything we learn has value. What is learnt in one task transfers to another task because the learner develops a general principle, which applies completely or partially to both tasks.
Only thing that is required in both cases is a need for deep understanding for true transfer to occur. Throughout our lives, experiences, habits, and knowledge gained in various situations become generalized to the extent that they are useful in other situations.
‘Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever,’ were the famous sayings of Mahatma Gandhi. No matter the field or domain of knowledge you may find yourself in, learning new things is and always will have a positive impact on your life.