“The same level of thinking that’s created your problem won’t solve your problem.” — Albert Einstein
How do we learn how to learn? Throughout kindergarten, elementary school, middle school, high school, undergraduate, graduate courses and doctorate programs we are educated by professors on what to learn. Math, history, science, technology, business, philosophy, psychology, Spanish, German and French are all important classes. But why are zero classes we take in school on how to actually learn?
Eighty to ninety percent of what we’re brought up with in classes are theories. These are simply principles on which the practice of our activities are based. So why is only ten to twenty percent, if we’re lucky, practical applications and real world experiences we can leverage?
As human beings we simply aren’t prepared as we’ve grown up with a twentieth century education system that hasn’t changed overtime. Our systems need to teach us how to think, how to be creative, how to become great problem solvers, how to lead, how to properly listen, how to focus and, most importantly, how to better concentrate. Maybe a few less general education classes next time!
In all seriousness, and in regards to concentration, one of the problems today is there’s information overload. For example, we’re taking a sip of water out of a firehose in school, in classrooms, on Facebook, YouTube, Google, television and everything else the Internet provides us.
I barely remember what happened when I was sixteen and seventeen years old in high school so I can only imagine how students in school today are reacting. iPhones, Androids and the Internet have completely revolutionized the game. We could make the argument on both sides of the coin whether that’s a good thing or not so we’ll table that discussion for another time.
It’s fair to say that we have tons of information available to us today, maybe even too much. *Google does 40,000 search queries every second on average, which translates to over 3.5 billion searches per day and 1.2 trillion searches per year worldwide (*Google statistics).
The challenging part is that we don’t have enough individuals available to process this information at a quick and effective rate. Teaching others in a way so they’ll understand the information and be able to teach it to others is so critical.
Going through life so many of us would like to be painters, poets, artists, writers, teachers, musicians and so on. But as everybody knows we can’t earn a large amount of money that way. So we beg the question to ourselves and others, “What do we really want to do?”
When we finally get down to something which the individuals said he or she really wants to do we say to him or her, “Great! Go on and do that and forget the money part.” Because if we say to them that chasing the money is the most important aspect we’ll spend our entire life’s wasting time. Please, do not debate anyone on that as it’s factually true.
To go on doing mundane tasks you don’t like doing in order to go on living, (which is to go on doing things you don’t enjoy doing) is stupid. It’s fascinating and mind-blowing at the same time individuals who do this over the course of their lifetime.
In my opinion, it’s better to have a short life that is full of what we like doing than a long life spent in a miserable and negative state. After all, if you REALLY enjoy what you’re doing, it doesn’t matter what it is because some people are interested in everything. Trust me, you’ll stumble in to other people who enjoy the same recreational activities you do too.
It’s interesting people spend their time doing things they don’t like and go on to teach their children to follow down the same path. The problem is we’re “educating” our children to live the same sort of lives we’re living. How is that justifiable? In due time the same pattern would spread to where their children, or our grandson’s and granddaughter’s, would be taught to do the same exact thing as previous generations….
Now tell me what’s wrong with this picture……….. Therefore, it is so important to consider this question, “What do you desire?”
With that being said, my goal here is simple: equip people with their natural given abilities, allow them to understand what those abilities are and, lastly, help them take action on turning those abilities into results. The short and long term goals here are to build value where value didn’t previously exist.
Now we’re back to the question, “How do we learn how to learn?” Before moving any further, we need to understand that our brains are like muscles. They act and get stronger with use. These squishy-like muscly organs have so much untapped potential stored deep inside of them. So, we must use our brains potential or we will inherently lose it.
As a reference point, say you’re given one thermometer and one thermostat. Which object’s better? What are their functions? Strengths? Weaknesses? A thermometer reacts to its surroundings such as the weather, the economy, 2016 election, morning traffic, incoming calls, emails and text messages. These reactions, whether good or bad, leave an individual in some sort of state or trance. Most of the time we know how these situations play out…and they aren’t good. One minute energies up and the next minute we notice it’s down in the dumps. Why is that?
On the other hand, a thermostat sets a standard on what is accepted and what isn’t. I like to use the example of Steve Jobs. Here’s an icon, a leader, a visionary and, a square peg in a round whole who, with the help of Steve Wozniak, created and took massive action on his dream of having a personal computer (PC) in everyone’s household, pocket or hand. Leadership in his mind was taking the invisible and making that visible for the world.
In closing, many students, workers, teachers, managers, Executives and Presidents are going through life fixated on that next shiny object or short term result. Heck I’ve been there. I’d be stupid to say I wasn’t. Nevertheless, mindsets shift, lessons are learned, experiences are had and failing is a byproduct of all of this. In my eyes and from what I’ve learned these past couple of years is that individuals far outweigh what they can accomplish in a year or two and underestimate what they can achieve in a lifetime.
We need more confident, optimistic, tenacious and enthusiastic students who question what to think. We need more people to be creative problem solvers with the ability to ask quality questions. We need people who are willing to lead themselves first and then others. We need individuals listening with both of their ears instead of talking all of the time and, most importantly, we need more focused people who have the ability to put the blinders on to avoid outside distractions and nonsense.
With the proper action steps and learning put in place, these students will thrive. I guarantee it! From here they will evolve in to student teachers and eventually the torch will be passed down from their teacher. The more quality teachers we have the better.
Simply put, we need more hungry and disciplined people to make it happen. I can’t help you if you don’t want to help me or yourself. There’s plenty of room for personal growth. But, will you change?
My Very Best,