You Can’t Teach an Old Human New Skills

As the saying goes.

But it’s wrong, of course, both the original saying and the idea that we (or dogs) lose the ability to learn at some point in our lives. This blog isn’t here to challenge the concept of neuroplasticity, of course, but it is here to advocate for life-long learning and its merits.

18 months ago I headed back to school after a gap longer than the lives of many of my now-fellow students. I wasn’t sure at the time that I remembered how to learn, and I was almost certain I had forgotten how to study and take tests. But I was wrong. I remembered how to study, and I was learning new things left and right. I was adding to my skills while making use of things I had learned outside a classroom.

As I learn more about marketing and advertising through St. Lawrence College I have realized that there are specific areas that I want to dive into even deeper. I have been emboldened by the success I’ve had so far – the new tricks I’ve learned – so it’s time to add to the skills I’ve learned and build my niche through focusing on specific skills in the marketing family.

This spring I am working on an online program that focuses on Brand Identity and Strategy, as well as one that teaches Content Marketing in finer detail. Both are fascinating and enlightening, and the Brand Identity course is a fully interactive online course that includes group work with students around the world, so that’s cool!

No matter where you are on the journey of your life, learning is an option. It can happen in the classroom, the cubicle, or in the middle of the woods. The most important thing to remember in all of this is: you’re never too old.

Is there a skill that you’ve always wanted to learn? Or do you have a story of later-in-life learning? If so, leave it in the comments.

One Reply to “You Can’t Teach an Old Human New Skills”

  1. I’ve always wanted to learn how to solve a Rubik’s Cube. I could never figure it out as a kid, and I’m still stumped as an adult. My kids (7 and 9 years old) both have Cubes and they’re well on their way to solving them; mastering them maybe. To this day, when I look at a Rubik’s Cube, it evokes feelings of shame and defeat. Sad, isn’t it? That said, I’m probably one YouTube video away from learning the secret… I guess I just always thought that I could figure it out by myself somehow.

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