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In 1831, Charles Darwin embarked on a five-year geological expedition on HMS Beagle around the world. While we all remember him as he was in his later years—a graying old man with an affinity for eccentric facial hair—at the time of the voyage he was just a 22-year-old university graduate who possessed an uncanny natural intelligence, a hunger for adventure, and a desire to see the world before he settled into his anticipated profession as a parson.

Young Charles was likely not so different from myself or other twenty-something college graduates: old enough to make his own choices, desperate to spread his wings and start really living, yet still...



Adopting the right mindset begins with recognizing the importance of ongoing learning. The following story about Charles Darwin serves as a reminder that learning is a survival skill.