If Old Dogs are learning New Things, So Can You

by | Aug 3, 2020 | 2 comments

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As you get older, it’s easy to lose your confidence, particularly in relation to learning new things. When you’re working full-time, managing a home, or raising kids, the idea of taking on a new challenge can be daunting.

Even when we bought our home, we were learning new things. How to do simple electrical work, ripping out a built-in cabinet, and revealing a second front door that has been sealed off from the outside, and lots of plumbing. We have had to learn how to do a little more financial planning for things we want to do when before we really did not have to.

As you get older, it’s easy to lose your confidence, particularly in relation to learning new things. Remember, if a dog can learn new tricks, so can you.
This was behind our built-in cabinets in our 130 yr old home. Beautiful door! I can not wait to restore it.


Learning new things can restore your confidence and give you a new lease on life. With a new skill or extra qualification under your belt, you can achieve your goals and enhance your life in so many ways. In addition to this, older learners often find it easier to absorb new information and apply it in the real world. If you’re still unsure whether you’re ready to take on a new challenge, take a look at some of the advantages older students have:

Better sense of purpose

When you’re younger, you go to school because you have to. If you attended college or university, it might have been because it seemed like the sensible choice, rather than because you had a burning ambition to learning new things and more about a specific subject or industry. As you get older, however, you understand yourself better. This renewed sense of purpose helps you to identify the subjects, topics, and skills that you will help you progress in your chosen field.

Online learning is easier than ever

Traditionally, enrolling in a degree program or professional qualification courses meant attending face-to-face lectures, seminars, and tutorials. In today’s digital landscape, however, you can enroll in online courses with prestigious institutions, such as Kettering Online. This gives you the freedom to learn from any location and makes it far easier for you to learn at your own pace. If you have other responsibilities, such as a full-time job or raising a family, it’s easy to fit digital learning around your current schedule.

As you get older, it’s easy to lose your confidence, particularly in relation to learning new things. Remember, if a dog can learn new tricks, so can you.
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You know how to manage your time

If you remember cramming for exams at the last minute as a student, then you’ll know you want to avoid it the second time around! Life experience has taught you how to manage your time more effectively, which is a major bonus when it comes to studying and learning new skills. With the discipline you need to plan your schedule in advance, you’ll find it easy to manage your time and adapt your lifestyle while you’re studying.

Realistic goals or objectives

Now that you’re older, you know exactly what further education courses can offer. Perhaps you’ve missed out on promotions because you didn’t have the right qualifications? Maybe you haven’t applied for roles because you hadn’t completed the required courses? Now you know exactly what further education can offer, you’ll be more motivated than ever before and determined to succeed.

What are you waiting for?

With so many opportunities to enhance your skills both in the real world and via the internet, you can broaden your horizons and begin changing your life today. Whether you want to move up the career ladder, switch to another industry, or simply enhance your knowledge, you’re never too old to stop learning new things, and doing so will give you the opportunities you deserve.

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  1. Grace

    So love you story on your house. What a great find. If I can suggest, when working at coffee house we had a door table painted a mint green and although the door handle was removed but the plate of handle still in tack. We always got compliments on table. Maybe you too can make a door table.

    • Anna C.

      That’s a great idea, but we’re leaving it where it is. I like the idea of just keeping it in place. If we take it out, we’ll have to basically rebuild that outer wall, which could lead to structural issues.


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