I had a few hours between clients while in the regional New South Wales town of Lismore. I decided to use my time wisely and go to the local library (rather than a coffee shop) to get some work done (instead of drinking copious amounts of coffee that I don’t need!).
I was really impressed by the number and variety of people who were in the library. No one was wasting time. They all appeared to be learning – either on the computers or reading the books/journals.
The library set-up has both communal and individual tables. I was warmed to hear a young lady become part of an in-depth history conversation with two other people whom she clearly did not know. They welcomed her to the conversation and each of them shared their perspectives, ideas and thoughts. Another young guy was improving his literacy skills and I could see another lady conducting research into world architecture.
The library was also adorned by homemade quilts that brightened up the space and created an atmosphere comfortable for learning.
Learning may involve the development or deepening of skills, knowledge, understanding, awareness, values, ideas and feelings, or an increase in the capacity to reflect.
Effective learning leads to change.
In a world that is changing more quickly than most of us can keep up with, continual learning is critical. Learning, including, trying new things that push you outside of your comfort zone and help you embrace ambiguity that abounds in this changing world.
So what are some small things you can do to learn each day?
- Seek other’s ideas or input
- Reflect on what you did during the day and what you would do differently next time
- Read articles or listen to podcasts while travelling to/from work or while exercising
- Ask others for feedback on your work/performance
- Subscribe to some great websites (in addition to TED) e.g. https://openideo.com; http://99u.com; http://www.bbc.com/future; https://www.fastcompany.com
My very favourite way to learn every day is to do something different. Perhaps you can learn the dying art of quilting!
You may surprise yourself how you feel and what you can achieve when you give yourself permission to learn.