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You’re Never Too Old to Learn Something New

Too often, we encounter or read about people who express regret for not being more adventurous or more open to learning when they were younger. How many times have you heard someone perhaps even yourself say that if they could go back in time, they would choose a different university course, take up more hobbies on the side, or learn another language? What about those times people say they wish they had been more ambitious at the start of their careers, when they could have learned about the other aspects of the industry, or have been better equipped to start their own business? But who is to say these things are limited to your more youthful years? I believe that if you want to learn something new, you can – at any age.Sure, when you get older, you tend to become settled in your ways. Office executives and managers will say work takes up too much of their time. Parents will say their family is their priority. I suppose it does not help that our social media feeds are filled with articles that list things we should have done in our 20s, and somehow make us feel that if we did not accomplish those things by a certain age, then we have missed the deadline.

shutterstock_98264375Calligrapher Fozzy Castro-Dayrit breaks this perception. She spent all of her 20s as an account manager in advertising, but always had a love for typography. She used to doodle in her notebooks during her spare time. When she got married and wanted to focus on starting a family, she left advertising and decided to learn calligraphy. She watched tutorials online, attended some workshops, and kept on practicing. Now in her 30s, she’s a mother of two and an entrepreneur – her business, The Fozzy Book, is flourishing. She does calligraphy and graphic design for logos, invitation suites, and product packaging for clients in the Philippines and other parts of the world, and teaches calligraphy workshops as well.

Despite her success, Fozzy still seeks ways to learn other skills that support her business and enhance her creativity. Fozzy’s healthy attitude towards learning is praise-worthy. She dedicates time to it regardless of her busy family life. And while others may be afraid to admit that they donot know something, or are embarrassed that they lack the talent, Fozzy happily shares her process with her followers—the mistakes she makes along the way. She considers it an enjoyable part of the learning curve because she gets advice from masters in the field, and even from her peers.

Gone should be the days of believing you cannot teach an old dog new trick. Or that youth is wasted on the young. There will always be opportunities to learn something new. It doesnot stop when you graduate. Think about what it is you are passionate about, and do what you can to improve your skills in that area. There should be no feeling of shame for not knowing everything in the world when you’re 30, 40, 50, or 60 years old. (Never mind what Buzzfeed says!)

 

What would you like to learn next?

 Talkshop offers numerous courses that cater to adults who are in search of improving themselves through learning, particularly in communications. If youare seeking personal growth, there are courses in Confidence Building, Personality Development, Speech Eloquence, and Social Skills. If you are aiming for a promotion at work, perhaps courses such as Leadership Training and Power Presentation will be the way to go.

 We also offer courses such as Corporate Branding, Negotiation Skills, Crisis Management, and Blogging for those who want to hone their skills or start their own business. Any of the programs can be combined with writing courses which include basics like Grammar Mastery and Creative Writing, and advanced courses such as Critical Writing and Technical Writing.

 The list does not end there as we also have classes in foreign languages, sales, and test reviews.

 Call us at +63 2 894 5588 or email us at info@talkshop.ph 

Posted by TalkShop
Sheila Viesca, TalkShop CEO and Director of Communication finished her bachelor degree in Literature, masters in Entrepreneurship, and doctorate in Applied Cosmic Anthropology. She designed the Philippines' Language Competency Benchmark for the Department of Education and pioneered Integrated Language Teaching (ILT) in workshop designs and corporate communication training. You can follow her on Facebook, Youtube, Twitter, LinkedIN, and Google+

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