Vail Daily column: The learning is in the doing
When it comes to education on any level, one of the things that I find so interesting is the expectation around the learning results. I see it time and time again with companies and individuals where they believe the learning only happens in the classroom.
Now maybe some of it does, but I believe the actual learning comes from trying and applying the skills and techniques we are taught in the classroom while we are actually back at work doing our job, or it happens for students while they are doing their homework. You see, it is one thing to be able to participate in training or in the classroom when the teacher or trainer is right there. But it is another thing all together to leave the comfort and safety of the classroom and try applying something new when no one else is around.
It’s important to understand that the learning happens when we try something new and we win or succeed, and more importantly, the learning also happens when we try something new and fail. That is because the learning happens in the doing.
GET OUT OF YOUR COMFORT ZONE
So why don’t we allow ourselves the freedom to succeed or fail? For some of us, we just want to stay settled in our comfort zone. We are doing just enough to pass the class or get by in our career. And if we open ourselves up to trying something new and fail, our perception is that we will be judged by our peers, our family members or our bosses. And that is just not the case. It is really just our own self-limiting belief system at work in our heads.
The truth is that our bosses, our family and friends, and our peers are OK seeing us fail from time to time as long as we are growing and learning from each setback. And they are thrilled when we actually try and apply something and we succeed, as they know that when we are growing personally and professionally they will also benefit from the things we are learning and in the ways we are developing ourselves.
LEARNING NEW THINGS TAKES TIME
True learning is also not a quick fix and it does not come in the form of magic dust. Many individuals and many companies make this mistake. They believe they can take a short cut to learning, and they hope that their students or staff will pick up on the new technique or strategy right away. If we are talking about learning and sustainable acquired knowledge and skill, then we must talk about the need for the reinforcement of training and development over time. We must include ongoing continuous education if we are to see the desired results in ourselves, our teams and our students.
How about you? Are you willing to try and apply what you are taught in the classroom? Are you a believer in sustainable and ongoing training and education? I would love to hear all about it at firstname.lastname@example.org, and when we maximize our skills by learning while we are doing, it really will be a better than good week.
Michael Norton is a strategic consultant, business and personal coach, motivational speaker and CEO of http://www.candogo.com. He writes a weekly motivational column for the Vail Daily.