If Old Dogs are learning New Things, So Can You

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As you get older, it is easy to lose your confidence, particularly about learning new things. When you are 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 are 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 issues…. so many plumbing issues. We have had to learn how to do a little more financial planning for things we want to do when before we 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 are still unsure whether you are ready to take on a new challenge, take a look at some of the advantages older students have:

Better sense of purpose

When you are 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 learn 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 will help you progress in your chosen field.

Online learning is easier than ever

Traditionally in the past, enrolling in a degree program or professional qualification courses meant attending face-to-face lectures, seminars, and tutorials. In the current 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 is 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.
Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay

You know how to manage your time

If you remember cramming for exams at the last minute as a student, then you will 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, you will find it easy to manage your time and adapt your lifestyle while you are studying.

Realistic goals or objectives

Now that you are older, you know exactly what further education courses can offer. Perhaps you have missed out on promotions because you did not have the right qualifications? Maybe you have not applied for roles because you have not completed the required courses? Now you know exactly what further education can offer, you will be more motivated than ever before and determined to succeed.

What if you want to become a lawyer but you did not figure it out until later? What if you started searching for medical schools with a low MCAT score accepted? You are allowed to get to another stage in life after you are 18 and figure out what you want. You do not want to spend the rest of your life waiting around to be in a job you hate. Who says that you are not able to go back to school and start again? The time is going to move forward anyway – you may as well make the most of it!

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 are never too old to start learning new things, and doing so will give you the opportunities you deserve.

Written by Anna C.

I am a wife and mother of two sons. We live in Rural Northeast Ohio with our 2 cats, 2 dogs & many fish. I love all things Supernatural, Harry Potter, elephants, sunflowers, crystals, occult, crafting, coffee, wine, and online shopping. Have a TikTok, PokemonGo & Elder Scrolls addiction, I've always loved plants, recently I became a houseplant mom, and am currently growing over 15 varieties in our home! Now if I could get my outside gardens to flourish I will be happy. When I'm not tending to the home, pets, plants, or hanging out on the couch catching up on my shows, I'm doing some type of crafting or DIY project. (Or I'm pestering my husband in the barn.)

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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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