I’ve lost track the number of times a friend or a peer told me: “I’m too old to study”, “I have no time and I won’t be able to complete the program”, “It’s too much hassle”, etc. Indeed, each of these are genuine concerns when considering taking up formal adult learning. I know, because I embarked on my own higher education at the good ol’ age of 29. It was certainly an overhaul of lifestyle, and in my case, a complete change in career, industry and colleagues. In short, I changed my world.
Three years later, I achieved what I wanted academically. I will share with you my personal strategy on keeping motivated and ways to build a base of confidence to pull you through your adult learning life. As with any long-term project, you really need to start by building a solid motivational storehouse as a foundation to keep you anchored along the way.
These are my five key sources of motivational energy.