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Jul102008

Lies About Learning: 1 of 7

My apologies in advance if what I have share here jars you a bit. But I believe that it needs to be told. Let’s put it this way: I just could not stand any more that folks like you are spending so much time and money thinking and believing that you are actually learning something while exactly opposite might have been the truth.

Billions of dollars get wasted world-wide on learning, training, coaching and such because of the lies that we have allowed ourselves to buy into. In the next series of articles, we are going to go through 10 of them, one by one.

Lie #1: Learning is an Intellectual Process

When did we learn the most? That’s right, when we were a little child, when our cognitive, intellectual brain was not yet fully formed. But as we get older, we begin to form opinions about things. We begin to reject more of the stuff that enters the mind. The intelligence becomes a filter through which we let ourselves get influenced by some things but reject the rest. Now for the most part, that’s a good thing. But when it comes to learning, it’s not.

The fact is, when we are intellectually engaged, we are not learning. When we are engaged intellectually - for example, in a speech or a book – when a part of our brain is analyzing the material and comparing it to everything else we know – we are actually filtering. We are validating what we already know. We are not changing. We are not letting ourselves get influenced. True Learning happens when we set aside, even if temporarily, our biases, our prejudices and our opinions. Otherwise, we are just finding supporting information to validate what we already know. And that’s not learning.

True learning is a series of “aha!” moments. When an “aha!” moment occurs, a part of us changes forever and the the mind never goes back to the original.

TRUTH: Learning is an INTUITIVE process. It’s tapping that faculty of us that breaks through the stuff that we think we have figured out.

 

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Reader Comments (1)

I agree Bhavesh, in my classes I have discovered many "aha" relizations.
I have practiced a bit with my personal and professional relationships and I'm finding guideline driven communication has given me confidence and success in every aspect of my life.

thanks, Dave

July 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterDave McCalley
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