Re-define Learning!

I have a constant feeling of not learning enough. I have a constant fomo (fear of missing out) of learning in my field. I want constant insights about myself, the group, the people in it and why we do what we do. It is my addiction and the insights make me high. But when I attended Colearn’s workshop two weeks ago, I got some peace of mind.

Colearn is a company that wants to modernize learning. Their expertise and competence attracts many companies and consultants like myself. We all wanted to explore our opportunities to modernize learning in the 21st century and how to implement it in our organizations and for clients. But I came to think of myself; A mother of two with severe sleep deprivation, soon returning from maternity leave, thirsting for inspiration and knowledge and trying to make sense of it all. I asked myself; How can I modernize my way of learning in my everyday life? Here are some insights and lessons from my personal perspective.

Bella Funck started by asking the question ”How do YOU define learning” And BOOM … It was like sparkling liquid on the grill. I was on fire and came up with many different ways to learn. Now I understand that everything below is learning:

  • Reflection (what insights did I gain from this and how can I apply them … I’m doing this right now)
  • Podcast
  • TEDTalks
  • Communities
  • Online courses
  • Make summaries for myself about what I just experienced (the essence of a lecture, a book, a story, a course … I’m doing this right now)
  • Evaluation and feedback (… I’m doing this right now)
  • Having great conversations
  • Listening to great conversations
  • Blogs and articles
  • Blogging (I’m doing this right now)
  • Read books
  • Networking
  • Just do it and getting it done (I’m doing this right now)

Obviously, I’ve realized that I learn things from podcasts and ted talks etc, but that’s what I’ve been doing in my spare time, in the evening, in my pajamas. I have had the attitude that this above has been pleasure-driven recreation and not as much worth as if it would have been in a traditional learning situation. Many of us have to change the definition of learning and it includes everything from WHEN you learn, HOW you learn and WHY you learn …

I also bring these insights with me:

  • That I learn a lot … A lot of the time
  • I am a so-called ”High learner” (looking for learning more than 5 hours a week). UNFORTUNATELY That doesn’t necessarily mean that I’m ”High in development” 😉
  • I am also driven by selfish needs (aren’t we all) and that’s good. In this context, it is called ”Intrinsic motivation” for learning and its the most efficient motivator. 

Great insights often come with some painful ones … I also realized this;

  • I believed that learning happens when you are physically sitting in a school bench and listening to someone who has a review. I was unaware of this believe and it is painful to admit it. I would never have acknowledged this before. I hade no idea that this belief was so ingrained in me. It is old and completely out of date. That approach to learning prevents me from developing
  • I believed that me learning and my knowledge needed to be approved by an authority. I would never have acknowledged this before. I was unaware of this believe and it is painful to admit it. I hade no idea that this belief was so ingrained in me. It is old and completely out of date. That approach to learning prevents me from developing

So back to the my question; How can I modernize my way of learning in my everyday life?

  • It starts with me changing my definition of learning and modernize my attitude
  • It starts with me feeling joy over all the possibilities their is to learn everywhere instead of feeling stressed and stupid
  • So much more fun to learn from role models instead of competitors
  • A great way to navigate through all the noise is to return to my purpose often; What do I want and why do I want it?
  • Finally, a god reminder; I need to stop chasing the bus, Im already on the boat!

And that final insight gave me some piece of mind after all. Thank you Colearn, Bella and Sveinung for inspiration and knowledge and for hosting a very generous event. 

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