Thursday, June 23, 2011

Learning, Why Is It Important?

When I talk about learning I am not specifically focused on formal education, but learning life lessons as well as basic life skills. We learn many things over time but if you think about how, it is very diverse
Mentors
Parents
Teachers
Brothers and Sisters
Friends and colleagues
However the reality is sometimes we don’t have these examples or if we do they may not be the most positive of role models. We also may need more that what we are being taught at home or in school or out in the playground.
What kind of learner am I?
Do I learn by listening?
Do I learn by doing?
Do I learn by repetition and guidance?
What should I learn? Knowing what you need to learn can be a challenge as we don’t know what we don’t know. Thinking about your future and knowing we can achieve great things inspires us to learn, I think that is a big part of personal growth.
If we find our passion, we tend to become hungry for knowledge and it seem to be easier to learn new things, albeit scary at times but also exciting to know we love what we are learning and the direction this is taking our life, career and family.
Learning may cost money but far less than not learning and making the same mistakes over and over again. There is a great saying “If you keep doing what you have always done you will keep getting what you always got” Is a great Philosophy to live by and be a constant reminder that when things are not working we need to change what we are doing.
What if we don’t know how to do things differently?….I asked this question at the CEO sleep-out. Sometimes we don’t know there is a different way to do something as we have no one to guide us or show us an alternative.
When lights go off, or you have that Ah ha moment great things are possible, so keep learning. Have a look at this brief clip from the CEO sleep-out where we are helping homeless men learn how to do things differently.
I want to leave you with a thought
There are no winners or losers in education just learners!

Donna Moulds

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