Tag: Learning 2013

  • Design versus Default

    Proper planning prevents poor performance. Performance in business, school and life is enhanced when we plan our work and work our plan. How many of us actually do this, however? Something tells me that most of the time, many of us fly by the seat of our pants. We have a vague notion of what we want to accomplish and we go about accomplishing it in some vague way. The results? Less than stellar. There are two ways we can make our way through life. One is by default. The other is by design. The default approach has it that we are largely at the mercy of external circumstances and, consequently, life will take us where it takes us and there is not much we can do about it. This notion sees us as nothing more than leaves, being blown about the garden of life for the duration of our existence.

  • Books, Media, Chris Yandek

    The Age of Perpetual Learning

    The rise of the Internet, and its widespread use, has led the times we are living in to be called the information age. Certainly, with people glued to their smartphones, this seems like a decent label for this era. Lamentably, it seems the information we tend to focus on via our ubiquitous mobile devices is often trivial. Such is life, I suppose. Yet, while we often spend our time focused on things like friends and acquaintances announcing their latest meals on Facebook and Twitter, we are in a profoundly new age – the age of perpetual learning or, perhaps better stated, the age of lifetime education.

  • An Achievement Mindset

    We often end up being our own impediment to success. People may tell us how good we are. If we do not believe it what end does it serve? Praise for our abilities falls on deaf ears unless we are ready, willing and able to accept it, believe it and act on it. We are our own worse critics. Many of us struggle with having faith in ourselves. We believe that somehow, we lack a key ingredient enabling us to succeed. Of course, this is false, but if we believe it we will act as if it is true. Hence, our efforts will rarely lead to anything meaningful. Instead, we will be trapped in a purgatory of self-fulfilling negative prophecies.

  • Relax Into Success

    The notion that relaxing can lead to success probably seems unusual to some people. After all, we are taught that success comes as a result of hard work. Perhaps, we are taught to not just work hard but also to work smart. Certainly, we are taught to focus on what we are doing. We are taught to be goal oriented. How many times are we taught to relax, when it comes to learning how to succeed? Not many I suspect. Unfortunately, we tend to become myopic about what it is we are trying to accomplish. We forget what we might accomplish if we modified, albeit slightly, our approach to whatever it is we are attempting to achieve.

  • Make a Choice

    Making a choice can be hard. When we choose to do one thing, we give up the opportunity of doing a myriad of other things. There is always a cost when we make a choice. That cost, whether we realize it or not, is the opportunity cost. An opportunity cost is whatever we gave up to do what we are doing, specifically the best alternative. A classic example of opportunity cost is the notion of a free lunch. In economics, it is said there is no such thing as a free lunch. This is because if we are invited to eat for free at lunchtime, the reality is we gave up some other opportunity to do that. Maybe it was eating with our family or friends and enjoying their fellowship. Maybe it was going to the gym and exercising. The point is that any decision, any choice – even one that appears to be free – comes at a cost. That cost is the forgone alternative.

  • Jay Bildstein, Sunrise, Both Sides

    A Time to Think and a Time to Act

    There is a time to think and a time to act. Learning to discipline ourselves to follow through on this often takes more effort than we might realize, but it is most certainly worth it. There are those of us who are perpetual doers. We do and do and do but often do not spend time contemplating exactly why or what it is we are doing. We are driven by quick ideas and impulses. Something comes into our minds and we act. We find it difficult to sit still, either actually or metaphorically. Our mantra is, “Take action!”

  • Transcendental Ignorance

    There is a lot to know. There is more to know about life and the universe than any one person could ever hope to master. This seems so obvious as to not need pointing out. However, from time to time, we all succumb to the siren song of the absurd. That misfortunate melody tells us we know more than we really do. It is our responsibility to keep ourselves in check when it comes to the knowledge we possess or lack. It is important for us to know what we know and know what we do not know.

  • Prisons of Experience

    There are a number of ways to learn. We can go to school. We can receive instruction from a teacher who is willing to work with us one on one. We can do self-study. And last but not least, we can learn through experience. Great value is placed on experience. And, no doubt, experience is critical in developing mastery in a particular field. Without experience it is impossible to see the application of our thinking, knowledge and ability firsthand. However, as important as experience is, it does come with limitations.