When former President Bill Clinton was asked, "What is the most important thing you have learned?" at the Global Education and Skills Forum, I was struck by the fact that his answer was not any one particular fact or discipline.
"I think the most important thing that I have learned is that there's more to learn." - Bill Clinton
Most importantly, he expressed gratitude to those he learned from in high school and college who taught him how to learn so that now, in his late sixties, he has the tools necessary to pick up new skills. I've recently written about President Obama and Vice President Biden emphasizing the critical investment we have to make in lifelong learning. President Obama's comments in the State of the Union address focused on education, Vice President Biden's op-ed looked at the workforce and the economy, and here we see President Clinton discussing lifelong learning from a more personal perspective.
The underlying theme is striking in its consistency: in order to succeed in your education, career, and personal life, you must learn how to learn. Educators and business leaders alike need to prioritize building critical thinking and information literacy skills from a young age and then reinforce them throughout life.