What is the most valuable thing you have learned lately?
The most valuable thing I have learned lately is that we never quit learning. Regardless of your age you can keep learning and getting better.
The Spanish cellist Pablo Casals, who was considered to be the pre-eminent cellist of the 20th century, had a career that spanned more than 81 years. In 1971, at the age of ninety-five, he performed before the United Nations General Assembly. After his performance, a journalist asked him, “Mr. Casals, you are 95 and the greatest cellist that ever lived. Why do you still practice six hours a day?” He answered, “Because I think I’m making progress.” His continual pursuit of learning was the secret to why Pablo Casals appeared to keep getting better, regardless of his age.
Current studies in neuroscience reveal that people have more capacity for lifelong learning and brain development than we ever imagined. Regardless of your age or life experience, you can create new connections between brain cells. It is called neuroplasticity and you can make it work for you! Your brain is incredibly malleable and you can prepare it for higher levels of learning and performance by continuous reading, visualizing, and repeatedly practicing what you want to achieve and master. Give it a try!