Many of us find learning great fun, but learning can also be hard work. And, especially for those with years of expertise in another area, learning something new can be a bit (or more than a bit) intimidating.
I’m one of those who fit nicely into the ‘life long learner’ category. I’m still about 1/2 year shy of hitting the 50:50 in school / not in school ratio (translation – I’ve spent over half my life as a student!). And yet, my life long learning has primarily been the process of adding more expertise and depth to the areas I already know well.
Learning something new is different.
Learning something new when you have the age or experience to really understand what expertise looks like is totally different.
I know what I want what I’m doing to look like.
I know what it does look like.
I know there is a gap.
Therein lies the frustration.
And therein is where the learner’s mind and heart need to come in.
At one point in my life, I learned stuff because it was fun, because it interested me. Somewhere I got to the stage of learning to get better. And once I started learning to ‘get better’, I started evaluating my learning. Judging my skills. Comparing myself to others.
And that’s no fun.
So, I’m reconnecting with the joy of learning.
Stopped crossing every T and dotting every i. (Mostly) stopped worrying about crossing every T and dotting every i!
Having fun with mistakes. Risking in a fast and furious manner – while I’m surrounded by mentors who will help guide me and wonderful colleagues who encourage me.
Getting feedback. Giving feedback. Jumping in and trying again.
Developing a new language, a new tribe, and lots of new inside jokes. Laughing at how crazy we are learning something new!
Learner’s mind and learner’s heart. Joy in learning.