According to Robert Thomas, an influential thinker on learning, you learn from experiences when you are able to see a connection among three things:
1. Aspirations: your personal aspirations or what you think is your ideal self.
2. Motivations: your deepest motivations or what you most deeply value
3. Learning: learning style or how you as a person learn most effectively.
Your aspirations, motivations and learning style strongly influence what you learn and from where. In simple words, you must want to learn.