I just read a great article on Lifelong Learning that I encourage everyone to read on The Art of Manliness blog. It is loaded with helpful information and resources for people interested in learning. The most important quote:
Just because you’ve finished your formal education, doesn’t mean that your education is over!
I truly believe this and practice what I preach. Over the years, I feel I have continued learning, be it practicing and learning new songs on the guitar, working on my latest Arduino project, learning about stocks, financial markets or other aspects that relate to my work. Even repeating some of my old calculus classes this time through Khan Acadamy. All these are forms of active learning.
Being aware of passive learning moments is also important. Sometimes, you are learning without trying. Working with my kids on school projects, teaching karate, traveling; these were all moments of learning and growth, that happened without really trying.