learning a living
pp. Working in a job that requires the constant learning of new knowledge and skills. (From Marshall McLuhan: "In the age of electricity and automation, the globe becomes a community of continuous learning, a single campus in which everybody irrespective of age, is involved in learning a living.")

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"Paul Brainerd, the founder of Aldus Corp., believes retraining and continuous education is one answer for today's worker. Speaking Thursday at an Economic Development Council program that honors education and retraining programs, he said that instead of earning a living, today's worker may have to be involved in 'learning a living.' "
—Stephen H. Dunphy, "Economic Memo," The Seattle Times

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