"I am always ready to learn, although I am not always ready to be taught."
— Winston Churchill
According to Wikipedia, lifelong learning is the “ongoing, voluntary, and self-motivated” pursuit of knowledge for either personal or professional reasons. However, while learning continues from birth to death, it is not always voluntary and self-motivated.
We unintentionally learn a great deal from the simple need to solve problems from day to day and to extricate ourselves from mistakes we could have avoided had we only known how.
As Mark Twain once said, “Good decisions come from experience. Experience comes from making bad decisions.” We should be grateful for all the bad decisions we have made because it makes it less likely we’ll make those same choices in the future.