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Updated on Mar 4, 2013

8. Let him understand that learning is lifelong.

It seems like the biggest difference between thought leaders and the average Joes is their mindset. Learning is lifelong—you can’t stress this point enough. The right to learn should always be exercised, not just during school. The top thinkers of our time pushed past what was expected of them and learned on their own.

Loving to Learn

Loving to learn takes effort, but when you foster that love in your own child, you’re already opening him up for a better life. To live is to learn. There’s no way around that sentiment.

Opening your child up to the vistas and experiences that life has to offer might easily be the best thing you can do for him. But the real magic happens when he starts to realize that he can open up these opportunities by himself. All parents should get to unlock this realization in their own child one day—it might be more rewarding that you think.

Dale Stephens founded the website UnCollege, which seeks to prove that education isn’t limited to the classroom. Penguin/Perigee published his first book, “Hacking Your Education," in March 2013. He was named a Thiel Fellow in 2011 for his work in education.

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