Willingness to learn is often the result of being curious. We might ask questions like ‘How does that work?’, or ‘I wonder how they solve that problem?’. To turn this curiosity into learning, try writing down these kinds of questions as they occur to you, then looking up the answers when you get free time. You’ll be amazed by what you learn.
Embracing your curiosity is a bottom-up approach, but you can also work from the top down. Picture where you want to be in one, five, or 10 years. What job would you like to be doing? Visualising what you want for yourself over a longer time frame gives you the motivation to learn skills and make changes to achieve those goals. You can research the skills and experience you need, then aim for the right jobs, training and education.
It’s never easier or more enjoyable to learn than when the subject is something close to your heart. If you’re fascinated by cranes, you might want to investigate careers in driving or repairing them. If you are committed to tackling climate change, you might want to work in a low-carbon energy industry, like nuclear. When you’re lucky to work doing something you love or care passionately about, the learning is likely to come naturally.